Here's the latest from the League of American Bicyclists for Bike Month.
People, not speed.
The League's 2010 Bicycle Friendly Communities were announced on May 1, to coincide with the start of Bike Month. We named 16 new BFCs, with 3/4 of the awarded communities east of the Mississippi River! Read about the winners here.
May is National Bike Month, and their are tons of events nationwide. The weather is welcoming, so now is thetime 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 month Bike Month!
The League's National Rally is this June 3-6 -- our 130th rally! We are teaming up with the Bicycle Coalition of New Mexico and 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. This is a great chance to ride with League members and bicycle enthusiasts. Find out more.
State and Local News
The road to the nation's Capitol is converting two traffic lanes on Pennsylvania Ave. to bike-only lanes. Most are overjoyed with the visual message these lanes share with the rest of the country. AAA Mid-Atlantic's Managing Director Lon Anderson, however, is not happy. In his attempt to point to the annoyance of bike lanes on Pennsylvania Ave. he managed to highlight that "20 percent of surveyed AAA members in the District said the changes would compel them to become regular bicycle commuters." Read more at the Washington Examiner and on the League Blog.
The Bicycle Coalition of Maine has created two new public service announcements about bicycle safety. One raises awareness about the Maine law requiring motorists to give at least three feet of clearance when passing cyclists. The other stresses the importance of wearing bicycle helmets. Watch the PSAs here.
Six weeks from now the cycling world will descend on Copenhagen for the Velo City Global conference - June 22-25. Check out the third announcement, including the full program. Watch the cool promotional video to get a taste of the culture you'll enjoy first hand. There is a strong U.S. delegation headed to the event; make sure you are part of it. Register here.
Bikes Belong awarded funding to six projects in their Spring 2010 grant cycle. These grants will help create better places to ride, while leveraging federal funding and building momentum for bicycling nationwide. The Bikes Belong Grants Program is funded by ourEmployee Pro Purchase Program. Read more.
The Alliance for Biking & Walking is increasing aid to bicycle and pedestrian advocacy organizations across North America thanks to recent support from New Belgium Brewing Company, a League Bicycle Friendly Business. New Belgium's pledge of $40,000 over the next two years will allow the Alliance to offer strategic planning facilitation and guidance to at least six organizations in addition to providing direct organization support and coaching in key states. Read more.
Adventure Cycling Association announced on May 6 that the American Association of State Highway and Transportation Officials' (AASHTO) Center for Environmental Excellence is providing Adventure Cycling $5,000 to assist states with route selection, mapping, and the technical aspects associated with the development of a U.S. Bicycle Route System (USBRS).
Pennsylvania Walks and Bikes seeks an Executive Director to continue its rapid growth. Click here for more info.
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.