Wednesday, April 28, 2010

League of American Bicyclists Newsletter - April 27, 2010

The latest from the League of American Bicyclists!

National News

May is National Bike Month
May is National Bike Month, sponsored by the League, and now is thenational bike monthtime to encourage your friends, family and co-workers to bike to work, school and for errands. Bike to Work Week is May 17-21 and Bike to Work day is Friday, the 21st. Check out events in your areahere. If you have a website, newsletter, etc. feel free to use the League'spromotional materials, like our Bike Month banners, logos and buttons. Help make every day Bike to Work Day!

DOT Requests Comments on Distracted Driving
The Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration (FMCSA) has issued anotice of proposed rule-making in regards to limiting the Use of Wireless Communication Devices. Comment period concludes on May 3, 2010. View the League's comments here

New Complete Streets Resource
The Complete Streets: Best Policy and Implementation Practicesmanual is released! Pre-ordered copies will be available on Wednesday, April 28 at 6:00 p.m. at the Iron Horse Tap Room, 507 7th St NW. Three of the manual's authors will be on hand if you'd like your copy signed.
League News

League Hires Three New Staff Members!
The League's office is expanding with the addition of three new staff members in the past two weeks. We have hired a new Director of Membership Scott Williams, a Bicycle Friendly America Program Assistant Carly Sieff, and a Membership and Events Assistant Katie Omberg. Meet our new staff!

League National Rally
The League's National Rally is a beloved tradition; and this June 3-6 we will be celebrating our 130th rally anniversary by teaming up with the Bicycle Coalition of New Mexico! We will ride to honor Gail Ryba, founder of the Bicycle Coalition of New Mexico. Join cyclists from across the country for three days of riding through the colorful and historic New Mexican terrain. Find out more.
State and Local News 

200,000+ Biking in NYC
The New York Times recently reported on new cycling counts that estimate the number of daily New York City cyclists at 236,000. This news coincides with a new case study Cycling in New York that will be published in World Transport Policy and Practice this summer. The report tracks trends in demographics (age and gender), safety, the bicycle facility network (including the new cycle tracks and green lanes), bike parking, bikes on transit and the city's education and promotion efforts. The report supports the growth reported by yesterday's Times article. Read more.

B-Cycles Bike-Share Debuts in Denver 
Denver's new bike-share system B-cycles debuted last week with much excitement and national attention. B-cycles has membership options ranging from 24-hour to yearly and includes a universal swipe card. The bikes are Trek GPS-enabled cruisers and log data on your personal B-cycle account page: length/duration of each ride, your carbon offset, and how many calories you've burned. B-cycles is currently having a contest to see where they will launch their next bike-share system in the U.S. Read more.

Mid-Ohio's New Complete Streets Policy
The Mid-Ohio Regional Planning Commission (MORPC), the metropolitan planning organization in central Ohio, approved aComplete Streets Policy that will apply to all transportation projects seeking MORPC federal funding. The Policy also encourages local governments to adopt a Complete Streets Policy for their transportation projects. Read more here.

Fort Wayne, Ind. Bike Summit
The City of Fort Wayne will host its second annual Bike Summit Saturday, May 8. The free event will be from 9 a.m. to noon at the Allen County Public Library downtown with an optional post-summit bike ride. The sessions are designed for everyone, from beginning cyclists to those who bike year-round. Read more.
Other News 

Ride of Silence - Worldwide
On May 19, 2010, at 7:00 p.m., the Ride of Silence will begin in North America and roll across the globe. Cyclists will take to the roads in a silent procession to honor cyclists who have been killed or injured while cycling on public roadways. Read more.

Ride to Recovery Memorial Ride
Ride2Recovery is hosting the second annual Memorial Challenge-Washington, D.C. to Virginia Beach Va. Monday, May 31 to Saturday, June 5th. This is the return of a very successful event that benefits wounded warriors. You can participate in either the full 6-day ride or 1-day rides. Find out more.
Job Opportunities

Job Opportunity - Active Trans in Chicago 
Active Trans in Chicago is seeking a new Executive Director to lead their board, staff, members and 1,000 volunteers for attitude shifts, policy changes, and improvements throughout Chicago. Apply now.

Bentonville Ark. Bike & Pedestrian Trail Planner
The City of Bentonville, Ark. is hiring a Bike and Pedestrian Trail Planner to develop and administer comprehensive plans and programs for bicycle and pedestrian trails throughout the city. Find out more.

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,
People, not speed.

Monday, April 26, 2010

Hilltop Bike Lanes Up for Discussion Again

Consider Biking is once again calling upon people to show up at several meetings to support the installation of bike lanes in the Hilltop neighborhood along West Broad Street in Columbus.

And, once again, I'm going to come out against this - but with a slightly less fervent attitude than I did before, which I'll explain.

I still think that bike lanes are unnecessary and even dangerous for the very cyclists they attempt to attract. I still think that the city's efforts should be more on enforcement and education than on engineering - that is, they should be telling people how bicyclists on the streets have the rights that the law already gives them (and that has been defended properly in a court of law), as well as ticketing people for violations of ALL traffic violations to make the streets safer for everyone.

But... what I am in favor of is the idea of a road diet on West Broad.  That is, making the pedestrian space larger and the car space smaller, removing some car lanes in favor of pedestrian areas, and altogether slowing down traffic in that area to make is safer and more friendly for the entire area.

Bike lanes are a way for politicians and advocates to show off their support of cycling.  They're a tangible output that everyone sees.  And, as we've pointed out before, on the surface they seem like a great idea.  Same with sharrows, more bike paths, etc.

But the practical side of them is that they create road-user segregation and the idea that they're designed to keep cyclists out of everyone else's way - and that goes against the idea of Complete Streets.  And they're more dangerous than simply taking the lane on a street.

Taking measures to slow down traffic across the board, though, is a great safety measure for all road users - pedestrians, cyclists, transit users, and motorists.  Slower traffic means safer traffic.  A road diet would be welcome for everyone - bike lanes just divide us.

People, not speed.

Wednesday, April 14, 2010

Yay Bikes Newsletter - April 2010

The latest news from Yay Bikes, featuring Bike To Work Week news and the Bike To Work Challenge!
LET THE GAMES BEGIN!!!!!!!!!!!!!! 


Dear Cyclist:

Central Ohio's 2010 Bike to Work Challenge is officially ON! So register or join a team, sign up as a rider (along with your officemates) and let's get ready to roll!

The Challenge 
May 10-20th

The Launch Party 
May 10, 7-9am
North Bank Park

The Awards CeremonyMay 21, 5-7pm
Location TBD

If you rode with us last year, welcome back! You were one of 1279 people who registered for and 734 cyclists who participated in the Challenge - for a grand total of 5,817 bicycle commutes! If you're new this year, thanks joining us. We intend for Central Ohio's 2010 Challenge to be the most effective and celebrated of any Bike Month celebration nationwide, and it'll take all of us to reach this year's goals:

1,500 cyclists!
11,000 bicycle commutes!
60,000 bicycle miles!

Your friends and colleagues may never have commuted to work by bicycle, but this is a great time to invite them to join you. The Challenge website features ample information for newcomers, and we've scheduled plenty of events and educational opportunities to get them all set. If you need anything else, be sure to get in touch

Tune Up & Ride On,
The Bike to Work Challenge Planning Team &
Yay Bikes!


Sponsorships for this year's Challenge are still available! You and/or your organization can contribute to Central Ohio's premier commuter cycling celebration --> learn how!

Check out the full calendar of bicycling-themed events in Central Ohio during Bike Month this May. Anyone can create an event and add it to the calendar! Let's have something BIKE every day in May, eh?


Get yourself, your friends and your colleagues prepped for spring cycling and the Bike to Work Challenge with a traffic skills course. Click here to learn more about the education that's available from the certified & insured Columbus-area League Cycling Instructors, and contact Ken Cohen to schedule your class!


The report on last year's Challenge is out, so take a look to see where we've been on the way to where we're going!
People, not speed.

Monday, April 5, 2010

Consider Biking Newsletter - April 4, 2010

The latest newsletter from Consider Biking!

Consider Biking Activity Update

April 4, 2010

Consider Biking continues to grow and serve all bicyclists in Central Ohio. Its been a whirlwind few months, with our annual pilgramage to Washington D.C., a wonderful visit to Columbus from LAB President Andy Clarke, and a host of media and local advocacy activities. Check out that picture with 4 of our Consider Biking members and one of our leading bicyle champions on Capitol Hill... Representative Earl Blumenauer (OR). We're "Two-wheeling!"

We've even secured a vibrant new office space in Clintonville, that'll serve as a great gathering spot for staff, volunteers, and education events. Stay tuned for the announcment of our grand opening party!

Oh, did we mention staff? You'll note below that we're posting 2 job openings, and we know there will be more on the horizon. Having full-time, professional staff, will enhance our service and value to the community...exponentially!

You'll see from this newsletter, and if you follow us on our social media outlets, that we continue to deliver many successes in projects, policies, and encouragement programs. We're kicking it into the big ring to work on many planning task forces like the Mayor's Green Team and the ODOT Futures Steering Committee...helping shape the future of transportation in our communities. We're sitting on Advisory bodies for Dublin, Columbus, Westerville and others.

Oh heck - Read on for a glimpse of this month's significant activities from Consider Biking.

Also, we'll continue to communicate breaking news and updates on our Facebook and Twitter accounts. Please use this opportunity to follow Consider Biking on these two social media sites so we can activate our troops quickly to ensure the voice of the cycling community is heard at public meetings, legislative chambers, and in the appropriate judicial systems when needed.

In This Issue

Our Board of Directors

We're Hiring! Two Job announcments

LAB Summit in D.C. - Andy Clarke in Columbus

Our Corporate Cycling Caucus and the May 17 CEO Challenge

Recognition in Columbus State of the City Address

Bike Columbus Festival

Do you hear Phil Liggett in your Head?

Become a Member

Volunteer and Intern Opportunities

Our Board of Directors - 1 New Addition

Consider Biking is governed by a 14 member volunteer Board of Directors. At our March meeting, we elected one new Board member, Jessica Mathews, to join our previously elected class of 2010: Maryellen O'Shaughnessey, Chris Bishop, and Kurt Pottkotter. These newest additions to our Board of Directors bring further credibility and capacity to our business leadership.

We're excited to welcome Jessica to our volunteer leadership. Jessica is a classic "young professional" who currently works for Franklin County and leads some of their green initiatives. She has been engaged with Consider Biking with our Cycling Corporate Caucus and many other activities. Quite frankly, we've had trouble quenching her thirst for volunteering! She's an avid bike commuter, and having lived in San Francisco for a spell, has seen the transformative possibilities of investment in bicycling infrastructure.

Here's a link to our entire Board of Directors.

Consider Biking is Hiring!

Come grow with Consider Biking! We're pleased to post two new job openings to help us add transformative value to the Central Ohio community via active transportation.

Consider Biking is seeking to fill a full-time, professional staff position of Program Manager. The Program Manager will be responsible for developing and implementing the "2 by 2012" Mode Shift Program and Corporate Cycling Caucus

We're also seeking to fill a part-time, staff position of Administrative Coordinator. This position will have the opportunity to develop into a full-time position as our organization continues to grow. The Administrative Coordinator will be responsible for a wide range of tasks to support the day-to-day operations of Consider Biking ranging from volunteer coordination, database management, social marketing messaging, and light bookkeeping.

Both job announcements can be found here.

League of American Bicyclists Summit in D.C. - March 9-11

Wow - another great year in Washington DC at the LAB Summit. Our Ohio delegation was substantially larger this year, which allowed us a better opportunity to meet ALL of our Ohio congressional representatives. This annual trip, and our subsequent follow-ups througout the year, is critical for keeping our Congressional representatives mindful of our needs. It takes years of persistence at the Federal level to succeed...and we're seeing the stars aligning like never before!

Here's a link to our report from this year's Summit.

On a related note, the following week, the President of the League of Ameircan Bicyclists, Andy Clarke, visited Columbus. His primary purpose was to award the Westerville Bicycle Club the "Best Newsletter in the Nation" award. We're so proud of Editor Kathy Martin and other content providers like Shari Heinrich for maintaining the communications vehicle of what Andy called the "quintessence club."

Andy then spent the following day visiting business leaders and City leaders with Consider Biking. We introduced him to some of our major funders, and some of our Cycling Corporate Caucus members. We met with Mayor Coleman and had a wonderful discussion about the need and committment for investment in cycling infrastructure. Lastly, we enjoyed a raucus lunch at North Market with members of our Board, visitors from across Ohio, and the indefatigable Charlie Pace. What a privilege and joy to have Andy on the ground with our work! Thanks LAB!

Our Cycling Corporate Caucus and upcoming CEO Challenge

In 2009 we developed a Cycling Corporate Caucus that represents 20+ of Columbus' largest employers, held 4 meetings, and with Leadership Columbus, developed our "Two-Wheel Toolkit." We met with over 15 of these organizations' CEOs to introduce the Toolkit and present the business case for enabling their employees to bicycle more.

In late December we activated this Caucus to speak in unified support of a funding request on behalf of the City of Columbus to implement the Columbus Bike Plan. (That's $100+ million folks....) We drafted a "case for support" that demonstrated why investment in bicycling is good for our community's health and economic efforts, but also for a business's bottom line. We had over 20 of our community's most prominent business leaders & CEOs, sign our letter of support. No doubt - our business leaders "get it!"

Here's a list of our Caucus members.

We believe major organizations and workforces have the ability to affect behavior change quickly. That's why we're placing a significant effort on our worksite intervention Mode Shift program. (Bike to Work and Bike Away from Work)

Stay tuned for an amazing show of support from the Columbus business community surrounding our efforts at our CEO Challenge during the May 17th Bike to Work Launch event we host at the Statehouse. Look forward to more news and details!

Mayor Coleman's State of the City Address Recognizes Us!

In his 2010 State of the City Address Columbus Mayor Michael Coleman strongly promoted bicycling and publicly recognized Consider Biking for supporting his efforts. We're humbled and honored....

Mayor Coleman said, "While we're getting fit, 2010 will be a big year for bikes. We are determined to make Columbus Bike City USA. We have a lot of work to do here. But we must make this a community priority because it helps address obesity, diabetes, heart disease and other health issues. Plus, it's just fun. Anybody can ride a bike, no matter the age.

This summer will be the third year for our Bike Columbus family ride, and I invite all of you to bring your families to participate this year.

We will continue to invest in our 170-mile network of regional bikeways and trails. Tonight I am proud to announce we will set aside $6 million in our capital budget to connect up the Alum Creek Trail and build signage, striping and an additional 24 miles of bike paths and bike lanes on our city streets. This will advance our Bicentennial Bikeways Plan.

But it's not enough just to build trails and bikeways. We also must change our culture. We are far too dependent on the automobile. And both motorists and cyclists must know the rules of the road. Because sometimes, we must ride and drive on the same pavement. Both riders and drivers have a right to be there.

I want to recognize Jeff Stephens and everybody at Consider Biking for their enthusiasm and support for these efforts."

Bike Columbus Festival presented by Consider Biking - July 2010

Consider Biking is excited to partner with the Mayor and the City of Columbus, the Institute for Active Living, Columbus Outdoor Pursuits, BikeSource, Trek Stores Columbus, AEP, and numerous other organizations to present a 2-weekend festival on July 16-17 and August 1, 2010. We are excited to build a festival that brings together multiple bicycling endeavors, focuses attention on bicycling and active lifestyles, and raise funds and resources for bicycling-related projects and efforts.

Our Festival Steering Committee has been hard at work, and you'll begin to see announcements and scheduling details in the coming weeks.

This much we know - in partnership with the Institute for Active Living, we'll host the Mayor's Twilight Tour presented by Trek and AEP on Friday NIGHT July 16th to kick off the festival. We'll start/finish at Crew Stadium and loop through the heart of downtown. You'll not want to miss this very festive event geared toward all bicyclists! Similar rides across the country attract thousands of riders. And, we'll launch a unique bike Swap Meet and experience venue to showcase all the trinkets and gear that we bicyclists live for! It'll be a party!

On Saturday July 17th, in partnership with Columbus Outdoor Pursuits, we'll host the Steve Barbour Memorial Tour presented by BikeSource which will include everything from family-friendly urban rides to a 200k challenge into Hocking County and back. Watch out - Mayor Coleman has a new bike and he's been heard mumbling the word "century" lately....

Although on a different weekend, (August 1st) we'll welcome the region's top racers at the 5th annual Garrett Wonders Race which will move from Westerville into the heart of downtown Columbus. The course includes a three block uphill with cobblestones. Wow...that'll be exciting! Additionally, we here buzz that two additional races are being planned in the Columbus area that weekend which will create a compelling draw for racers. A three-race series would be exciting for racers and spectators alike!

We look forward to showcasing bicycling and our pedaling revolution in a new and exciting way in 2010. Stay tuned.....

And Now for Something Completely Different...

Do you here the voices of Phil Ligget and Paul Sherwin in your head?

Here's a delightful video for anyone that bikes to work, or has a passing interest in the Tour de France. A Walter Mitty moment!

Join Consider Biking Now!

Consider Biking is a member-supported organization. We can only accomplish our goals through the support of our cycling constituents. Consider Biking has an incredible list of successes in the last few years. This has been driven by the passion and commitment of a few. However, we can't expect this to continue without the support of our cycling community as a whole. Our future lay in your hands. Now's the time to support Consider we can continue the "in the trenches" advocacy work that allows you to "just ride."

We've posted our Annual Report of Activities on our website.We think the scope of our efforts will astound you. The report includes significant activities, partnerships, and mission-critical outcomes from the staff and leadership volunteers of Consider Biking in 2009. As we look back, we're confident that our actions, appearances, and public feedback, have promoted bicycling in Central Ohio. As you'll see....we've been busy working on your behalf.

We're grateful for your support; it allows us to work with full-time, professional capacity, to build a better environment for bicycling in Central Ohio. Communities across the country have proven that a vibrant bike advocacy organization is a vital determinant to building a bike-friendly community. Let's build a better community for our next generation!

There are over 140 peer organizations across the country, demonstrating a need for cycling advocacy groups. Many of these organizations have THOUSANDS of members, and benefit by the financial support, and the "body of cyclists" that stand behind them when they advocate for enhancements to cycling accommodation. The support for these cycling advocacy groups, is a primary reason that regions like Chicago, San Francisco, Washington D.C., Portland, Austin, Madison, and even Pittsburgh, are years ahead of Central Ohio in bike-friendliness! If we aspire to model the successes of (and compete with) these regions, we need your support now.

What's in it for you?

  • Consider Biking works to give you more places to ride.
  • Consider biking helps you enjoy bicycling more.
  • Consider Biking makes it safer to ride. (education, share the road, etc)
  • Consider Biking advocates for more investment in our trail system.
  • Consider Biking provides encouragement for businesses to accommodate their cycling employees.
  • Consider Biking offers the area's most comprehensive, compiled, resource of local cycling information. And....
  • Almost every local bike shop will offer Consider Biking members retail benefits (e.g. discounts)

Membership spans the calendar year, and 2010 partner benefits will be listed on our website in March.

Consider Biking, an Ohio 501c(3), was incorporated in 1991 as the Central Ohio Bicycle Advocacy Coalition, and is governed by a 13 member Board of Directors. Consider Biking is also a member of the Community Shares of Mid Ohio Workplace Giving federation and recognized by the Columbus Foundation.

You can join in three ways:

  1. Go to our website and join on-line via Paypal
  2. Mail a membership form to P.O. Box 937, Worthington, OH 43085
  3. Join at one of our Bike Shop Retail Partners - read on below...

Please visit these partner bike shops as soon as possible, and join Consider Biking!

  • Bike Source - 3 Stores - Clintonville, Sawmill, & Westerville
  • Cyclist Connection - Canal Wichester
  • roll - 3 Stores - Easton, Polaris & Dayton
  • Trek Stores Columbus - 2 Stores - Sawmill & New Albany
  • Westerville Bike Shop - Westerville

We need your help - Volunteer and Intern Opportunities

Consider Biking needs your volunteer help! Won't you get directly engaged in helping us meet our bicycling community's needs?

We have several project-based opportunities which might qualify for intern and/or fellowship support. Opportunities include school-based education, research and analysis, IT development, business development, and event management.

Ongoing opportunities include: Event planning & support, committee work, clerical, data entry, accounting help, map & brochure distribution, general outreach, education outreach, communications and writing, membership campaigns, etc!

Contact us to see how your strengths and interests fit with our activities!

Contact Information

Web site -

Facebook - Facebook Page

Twitter - Considerbikeoh

Executive Director, Jeff Stephens - 614-579-1127