Nevada Walks a Few Steps Closer to Complete Streets Thanks to Outside Las Vegas Foundation
By Lucy Wang on August 20, 2013
In Nevada, a newly minted Complete Streets policy marks a momentous shift towards safer, greener streets.
Last year, as part of the Nevada Conservation League’s “Common Agenda” effort, a coalition of 19 state-based environmental groups, the Outside Las Vegas Foundation (OLVF) proposed introducing legislation to allow drivers the option to help fund Complete Streets. The proposed policy would incorporate an optional additional $2 fee in the Nevada Department of Motor Vehicle registration process — a sum that would be automatically added but that drivers could opt-out of paying.
Complete Streets boosts communities’ safety and vitality by ensuring that streets are designed with all users in mind — walkers, bikers and transit users as well as drivers.
“Complete Streets was an important issue to raise in southern Nevada, a region with a high obesity rate,” says Mauricia Baca, Executive Director of the Outside Las Vegas Foundation. “But to encourage more people to go outside, you need to provide safe access. Complete Streets is an issue that affects everyone because it combines environmental concerns with pedestrian and bicycling safety elements. They’re also economically attractive because they generate construction projects, and improve quality of life, thus retaining and attracting new residents.”
Following approval by the Common Agenda group, Outside Las Vegas Foundation teamed up with the Nevada Conservation League (NCL) and local advocacy organization Muscle Powered, based in Carson City to bring the policy to state lawmakers.
To rally public support for the proposed legislation, Advocacy Advance awarded a Rapid Response Grant to Outside Las Vegas Foundation for a month long public educational outreach campaign.
“We had a very tight timeline, so instead of doing massive public outreach, we kept it a little bit tighter and only targeted specific groups,” says Baca. OLVF, NCL and Muscle Powered divided their outreach efforts depending on the areas where they had the most influence: OLVF focused on southern Nevada, Muscle Powered centered on northern Nevada. NCL worked with environmental organizations, and played a critical role by bringing in Kyle Davis (their lobbyist) who is based in Carson City and is a champion of environmental issues at the Nevada State Legislature.
In early June, Governor Sandoval signed the Complete Streets Assembly Bill 145 into law. The bill, which had received bipartisan support from both the House and Senate, represented a big step forward in understanding the importance of Complete Streets as the path towards sustainable and vital communities.
“What was so encouraging was that nobody testified in opposition, and that in fact there was broad-based and diverse support,” said Baca. Citing unanimous support from both the House and Senate, Baca explained that the only major setback was an unforeseen fiscal note from the DMV, which blocked implementation of the bill until the DMV’s system overhaul. That overhaul will slow down the law’s implementation.
“Even with the unexpected fiscal note, the fact that it passed was incredible,” Baca said. “It was great to see support from a broad spectrum of groups. We had groups like the Sierra Club, bicycling advocacy groups, the American Heart Association, the Southern Nevada Health District, the Regional Transportation of Southern Nevada, and the Association of General Contractors there. This broad base of support says a lot of good things about Nevada.”
“Although the fiscal note made this more of a policy win, it’s also a statement about how Nevada is evolving in some pretty exciting ways.” She added: “Many areas are increasingly open to Complete Streets and attaining Bicycle Friendly status.”
In hindsight, Baca noted that more thorough stakeholder mapping and outreach to the DMV would have been helpful.
But with no known timeframe of when the DMV overhaul will take place, Baca adds that they’re not going to wait around for the system upgrade. When the Nevada legislature meets again in 2015, Baca says, they’ll push to strengthen Complete Streets funding.
Images courtesy of Mauricia Baca, OLVF
Job Openings in the Bicycle and Pedestrian Movement
By Lucy Wang on August 20, 2013
The biking and walking boom is creating advocacy job opportunities across the nation. Check out these openings at Alliance members organizations!
Position: Outreach Coordinator
Location: Washington, D.C.
Los Angeles County Bicycle Coalition
Position: Part-Time Volunteer Coordinator
Location: Los Angeles, CA
LACBC’s Volunteer Coordinator is responsible for recruiting, training, organizing, supervising and thanking volunteers. S/he is involved in every aspect of LACBC - from policy and planning, to education, to events and outreach.(Click here for full description)
HUB: Your Cycling Connection
Position: Director of Programs
Location: Metro Vancouver, BC,
Reporting to the Executive Director, the Director of Programs manages governmental relationships to support programming, seeks additional program funding, and is responsible for ensuring high quality offerings with effective coordination across the different areas of HUB. (Click here for full description)
Position: Director of Marketing, Communications & Campaigns
Location: Metro Vancouver, BC,
Director of Marketing, Communications & Campaigns will lead the HUB website, social media, branding and press outreach.(Click here for full description)
Bicycle Transportation Alliance Oregon
Location: Portland, OR
BTA is hiring a true community organizer to grow the movement in new communities and neighborhoods. (Click here for full description)
Active Transportation Alliance
Position: Project Manager - Pedestrian Program
Location: Chicago, IL
The Active Transportation Alliance has been hired to support the Chicago Department of Transportation’s (CDOT) Pedestrian Safety Initiative. The purpose of Chicago’s Pedestrian Safety Initiative is to eliminate pedestrian traffic crash fatalities, reduce pedestrian traffic crash injuries, and to increase walkability in Chicago. The Project Manager of the Pedestrian Program is part of the Complete Streets and Implementation team. (Click here for full description)
And the Yuba Winners Are…
By Mary Lauran Hall on August 19, 2013
The results are in from our July Win a Yuba photo contest. The Alliance is thrilled to announce that Seattle Bike Works, Bicycle Coalition of Greater Philadelphia, and Bicycle Coalition of Maine have won brand new Yuba Mundo cargo bikes.
Check out the winning photos:
1. Bike Works of Seattle
Staff and volunteers from this community bike shop fabricated a homemade cargo bike from a shopping cart. (Yes, really.) But the little wheels get caught in potholes! With a new Yuba Mundo, they’ll be able to haul tabling supplies and bike parts for upcycling all over the hilly northwestern city.
2. Bicycle Coalition of Maine
When you put on an annual Lobster Ride, you need to haul bikeloads of stuff — including lobster traps, apparently. With a new Yuba, these Mainer advocates can stop overloading their poor panniers.
3. Bicycle Coaltion of Greater Philadelphia
As part of the Words on Wheels program, Philly advocates haul hundreds of donated books to local community groups by bicycle. With a new Yuba Mundo, they’ll be able to give their replace their tippy hybrid bikes and trailers a break.
Congratulations to all of the winners! We can’t wait to see how each of these great active transportation groups uses their new cargo bike.
Advocates Plan Out New Winning Campaigns in White Plains, NY
By Megan Odett on August 16, 2013
On a gorgeous late summer weekend in White Plains, New York, state and local bicycle and pedestrian advocates and professionals from around the country gathered to learn how to conduct winning campaigns. Throughout the weekend, advocates developed blueprints for future campaigns and shared their knowledge on winning bicycle and pedestrian advocacy.
Participants came from near and far: while some traveled from elsewhere in the county, one adventurous attendee flew all the way from Los Angeles. All were focused on winning safer, more walkable and bikeable streets for their communities.
Throughout the weekend, participants engaged in an in-depth course in how to plan and complete successful campaigns. The training covered essential information: from choosing a campaign issue to attracting media coverage to securing funding, advocates learned the full life cycle of great campaigns.
Participants hatched an impressive and diverse array of new campaigns to implement. Campaign goals included:
But it wasn’t all worksheets and presentations. On the second day, participants laced up sneakers and hopped on bicycles for tours of the nearby Bronx River Pathway. Cycling attendees rode to the magnificent Kensico Dam — a route that was very familiar to Harvey Botzman of the New York Bicycle Coalition. He remarked that he first rode up the Pathway when he was twelve years old and kept the journey secret from his parents for many years thereafter.
Advocates found plenty to like about the training. Tom Klein of the Bicycle Federation of Wisconsin said, “Winning Campaigns was an intensive and thoughtful training which enabled me to more critically consider the process when developing campaigns.”
Cyndi Steiner of the New Jersey Bike & Walk Coalition agreed. “This training has transformed my approach to running campaigns,” she said.
The Alliance is especially grateful for the partnership and assistance of the Bike-Walk Alliance of Westchester and Putnam, who scouted a great location for the training at The Digital Arts Experience, a local electronic arts training center.
We were impressed by the dedication and preparedness of the trainees, and we can’t wait to watch them win their campaigns!
Wyoming Pathways Launches a Successful Statewide Debut
By Lucy Wang on August 16, 2013
Riders enjoying the Moose-Wilson Pathway, Jackson Hole Wyoming
Spreading information is essential to bringing about change. So Wyoming Pathways’ debut in bike advocacy focused on a well-informed communications campaign.
Wyoming Pathways is the first and only professionally staffed statewide advocacy group to support bicycle and pedestrian needs in Wyoming. The organization was founded in August 2012 by Executive Director Tim Young, the former Executive Director of Friends of Pathways.
Young knew that 2013 would be an important year for active transportation funds in Wyoming — the Department of Transportation would roll out MAP-21 policies, opening up new possibilities for transportation and recreation funding. In order to take advantage of the moment and set up organizational operations as quickly as possible, Young applied for a Rapid Response Grant from Advocacy Advance.
Wyoming Pathways Executive Director Tim Young
The 2012 Benchmarking Report ranked Wyoming in the bottom third of all states in Advocacy Capacity and Policy. Now that Wyoming Pathways is up and running, Young hopes to recreate Wyoming as a more bike friendly state. To start, he’s focusing on branding Wyoming Pathways as the new “statewide go-to-source for the bicycle and pedestrian advocacy movement in Wyoming.”
Together with outside funding, the Rapid Response grant helped Young launch a full communications campaign to bring greater awareness to the need for active transportation funding. As part of the campaign, Young launched a Wyoming Pathways’ web site, wyopath.org, to highlight recent news, campaign information and resources.
“We’ve traveled the state to meet local leaders and advocates, hosted the first statewide bike summit, launched our website and seen some successes with Wyoming media. We’re building relationships with the agencies, communities and advocates involved,” Young explained. “These are all components of the challenging work of creating and building a brand with value.”
The campaign really paid off. Wyoming decided to flex funds into the 2013 TAP to equaly the 2012 Transportation Enhancement levels, and is poised to continue that investment in 2014, a win of over 40% above federal minimums for TAP. That win spells an approximate $2 million a year return on investment.
“Communications was essential to that effort,” says Young.
When asked for words of advice for other advocates, Young recommends scanning the Alliance’s statewide advocacy groups.
“We have so many good, diverse state groups,” said Young. “Looking at what folks are doing now and how they’re positioning their organizations was extremely helpful. We could translate the ideas best suited for Wyoming and move quickly. You don’t need to reinvent the wheel.”
How have Wyoming folks responded to Wyoming Pathways’ public debut? Young says the response has been outstanding. “It’s quickly apparent to people the benefit to providing a voice with statewide clout,” he said.
Images courtesy of Wyoming Pathways
Only 2 Weeks Left to Enter the Summer Bike + Walk Photo Contest
By Lucy Wang on August 15, 2013
The Alliance’s Summer Bike + Walk photo contest is off to an excellent start—but summer isn’t over just yet! There’s still time for you to enter your best summertime shots of biking and walking for a chance to win a Tern Link Uno folding bike and an accompanying trolley rack for a total retail value of $800. The grand prize winner will also be able to choose between a cool gray or classic black paint scheme.
So do you think you have a biking and/or walking photo that really captures the spirit of summer? Enter now! The photo contest will be used to build an online library of high quality images that can be used by bicycle and pedestrian advocacy organizations across North America.
Individuals over eighteen years of age are allowed to enter up to three (3) photographs each by uploading them to our Flickr Group. People must be included in the shots and you can earn additional points for including smiling faces, inspirational content and diversity. For more information and the official rules, click here:
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Thursday State & Local Roundup: Bike People Are Amazing
By Lucy Wang on August 15, 2013
Alliance Member News
“Bike people are amazing.” BikeSD celebrates their Open Streets event CiclSDias and caught this awesome shot. (BikeSD)
Bicycle accidents are rife on San Francisco’s Folsom street—SFBike starts a campaign to redesign Folsom with separated bikeways. (San Francisco Bicycle Coalition)
ActiveTrans creates a Chicagoland train station assessment to determine how the city can better provide some TLC to lacking stations. (ActiveTrans)
In anticipation of Kansas City’s upcoming streetcar development, BikeWalkKC answers questions on how it will affect downtown biking. (BikeWalkKC)
Minneapolis might be getting two cycle tracks. (Minneapolis Bicycle Coalition)
Wisconsin is pedaling in second place in the National Bike Challenge Rankings—right behind Vermont—and is pushing for first. (Wisconsin Bike Federation)
MassBike appeals to local advocates to take advantage of an influx of local transportation dollars at the municipal level. (MassBike)
In anticipation of NYC’s most important election in a decade, Transportation Alternative released the responses of 80 council candidates and 7 mayoral candidates to a transportation and traffic safety survey. (Transportation Alternatives)
Atlanta has a lot of exciting bike projects in the works. (Atlanta Bicycle Coalition)
The Texas A& Transportation Institute kicks off their “Share the Road, Texas” campaign. (Bike Houston)
Thankfully, North Carolina’s H817 doesn’t completely cut out bike-ped funding but it’s not off the chopping block yet. (North Carolina Active Transportation Alliance)
Seattle advocates reminds both drivers and cyclists to look twice when going through an intersection. (Cascade Bicycle Club)
Biking & Walking in the News
Women are on a roll to better health as shown in the League’s recently released, first-of-its-kind report that studies the rising trend in female ridership. (Bike League)
A strategy retreat organized by Jeremy Flagstaff early 2012 helped shift Bike & Walk Montclair into high gear to build capacity, higher their first staff member, and expand community outreach. (S&G Endeavors)
Ann Arbor will launch Michigan’s first bike share program next spring. (Ann Arbor)
New York City’s Citi Bike is big has aims to get bigger but is hitting a snag in the process. (WNYC)
New Members-Only Report: Guide to Fundraising Part Four
By Mary Lauran Hall on August 13, 2013
Partnerships with governments can be a real strength for nonprofit stability and programming — but getting started in the world of government grants and contracting can be hard.
Enter part three of the Alliance’s Guide to Fundraising series, which explores government contracting and consulting in depth. This new guide, which is for Alliance member organizations only, is jam-packed with advice from consulting experts and essential lessons from state and local active transportation advocates.
This guide will help leaders at state and local bicycle and pedestrian advocacy organizations learn:
For state and local advocates, receiving grants and contracts from government agencies represent important opportunities to increase the visibility, capacity, credibility and trust of active transportation advocacy. Learn how to take advantage of these great opportunities!
Members can check out the Guide to Fundraising in the Alliance Resources Library. Not an Alliance member? View a preview below, then join the Alliance!
Spotlighting Cool Jobs in the Bicycle and Pedestrian Movement
By Lucy Wang on August 13, 2013
Want to join the movers and shakers in the exciting world of pedestrian and bicycle advocacy? Here’s your chance to make the all-powerful bike and walk lobby even stronger. Some of the most influential bike and walk advocacy groups are hiring, so check out available positions below!
Bike Federation of Wisconsin
Position: Executive Director
Cascade Bicycle Club
Position: Youth Programs Manager
Location: Seattle, WA
Minneapolis Bicycle Coalition
Position: Minneapolis Community Organizer
Location: Minneapolis, MN
Bike New York
Position: Community Outreach Manager
Location: New York, NY
Position Brief: Bike New York’s Education department seeks an energetic, outgoing, and positive person to represent Bike New York at the grassroots level in specific, targeted neighborhoods and communities where we are active in New York City. The successful candidate will represent Bike New York at events including, but not limited to community board meetings, town hall meetings, meetings with public officials, and public events. The community outreach manager will promote Bike New York’s educational offerings and events, and integrate Bike New York’s safety and education programs into the broader goal of making New York a more bike friendly city. The outreach coordinator must be familiar with trends in bike advocacy, bicycle education, and familiar with the health, environmental, financial, and personal benefits of cycling to individuals and communities. (Click here for full description)
Internship: Legislative Intern
Location: Annapolis, MD
Intern Brief: Bike Maryland, a 5013c non-profit organization located in Baltimore, is seeking a pre-law student, law student, attorney or research enthusiast to perform the following tasks that are listed in order of priority:
1. Determine what bicycle specific laws exist in other states that do not exist in Maryland
2. Determine if these laws are effective and being enforced
3. List laws in order of priority and feasibility of being passed – that means communication with legislators, the Department of Transportation and other organizations
4. Obtain legislation (copy of the code or bill) from other states to use in drafting Maryland bill language
Internship: Event Planning/Communications Intern
Location: Annapolis, MD
Intern Brief: This is a great opportunity for interns/work study students to learn firsthand about the world of alternative transportation with a bustling advocacy non-profit organization. Intern/volunteer will contribute to the team with event planning, marketing and fundraising. (Click here for full description)
Internship: Website Communications Intern
Location: Annapolis, MD
16 Advocacy Organizations that Give it Their ‘Haul’
By Mary Lauran Hall on August 12, 2013
In July, the Alliance was thrilled to partner with Yuba Bicycles to run a monthlong photo contest for Alliance member organizations. The gist: submit a photo of how your organization hauls stuff and tell us why a sweet cargo bike would make life easier, and get a chance to win one of two Yuba Mundo cargo bikes.
We’re going to announce the winners later this week. But first, take a look at some of our favorite submissions from state and local advocates across North America.
Everything is bigger in Texas, including highways and cargo bike loads.
A Bike Texas advocate hauls essential supplies on a borrowed cargo bike.
In San Francisco, Pride week means a pride bike.
Check out the rainbow version of the SFBC logo hanging in the bike frame!
Rawr! Cascade Bicycle Club shared a dinosaur bike:
75-year-old Paul Gibson is a regular at Cascade’s annual Seattle to Portland ride.
Believe it or not, Wisconsin Bike Fed’s community bike shop actually made a cargo bike.
Youth and volunteers at the Valid Bike Shop built this ride as part of a project. Program manager Jake Newborn notes that while the bike was a great project idea, it didn’t turn out quite as desired — the cargo hold sways.
And—no joke—Seattle’s Bike Works made a cargo bike from a grocery cart.
But they say the little wheels get caught in potholes.
WalkSacramento performs a bike balancing act with supplies for their Safe Routes to School programs.
Los Angeles County Bicycle Coalition has a Rolling Advocacy Trailer—“the RAT.”
Looks good at a CicLAvía.
In Maine, lobsters hitch a ride on two wheels.
The Bicycle Coalition of Maine hauls a bikeload of stuff (do we count five helmets total?) to the annual Lobster Ride.
Although Trailnet may have Maine beaten with the number of helmets they’re trying to carry.
These helmets will be handed out to students of Trailnet’s Bike Smart program.
Speaking of good causes, a BikeAthens staff member uses a bike trailer for Meals on Wheels delivery.
And the Bicycle Coaltion of Greater Philadelphia delivers books via bike.
Interns in Philly haul books to a local community group as part of the Words on Wheels program.
This is impressive: a whopping THREE Californian Alliance member organizations shared different photos of moving offices by bike.
Advocates from Silicon Valley Bicycle Coalition show how it’s done.
Sonoma County Bicycle Coalition staff used a longtail cargo bike with an added on trailer during their office move.
All from California.
San Luis Obispo County Bicycle Coalition staff commanded a fleet of bike trailers during a move.
When not moving, San Luis Obispo advocates use a bike trailer for tabling at farmers’ markets.
The Edmonton Bicycle Commuters’ Society has an army of bike trailers!
If you look closely in this photo, you’ll even see a smoothie being blended atop the bicycle in the center.
Bike Newport hauls racks to massive bike valets.
Talk about heavy.
Stay tuned this week to hear which of these stellar organizations will win a Yuba Mundo cargo bike!
Thursday State & Local Roundup: Bikes at the National Night Out
By Mary Lauran Hall on August 08, 2013
Alliance Member News
A WABA volunteer runs an educational excersise during National Night Out. (Washington Area Bicyclist Association)
Advocates are going on all sorts of exciting vacations and writing about the international biking scene. We’re especially jealous of Jack’s trip to India (Bicycle Alliance of Washington) and Carol’s tour through Eastern Europe (Bike Delaware).
Yikes — last week in New York City, three people died after a series of three traffic crashes in a single night. (Transportation Alternatives)
A new study finds that Connecticut seniors are a higher risk of being fatally struck by a car while walking. (Bike Walk Connecticut)
Would you lock up to a giant microphone cord? (Bicycle Coalition of Greater Philadelphia)
Seattle voters supported bike-friendly candidates in all seven primary races in which Cascade endorsed. (Cascade Bicycle Club)
Baltimore advocates review what a cyclist should do if involved in a crash. (Bikemore)
Pittsburgh’s Bike Fest has a super jam-packed schedule. (Bike Pittsburgh)
Congratulations to Chicago Heights for hosting their first Open Streets event! (Active Transportation Alliance)
Speaking of Chicago, bloggers at the Active Transportation Alliance did a great job of keeping followers in the loop about last week’s federal policy scares. Check out their initial announcement and alert, update with more information, and a final message to let folks know what happened.
Cleveland is hosting a competition to determine the next location for a bike box. (Bike Cleveland)
Biking & Walking in the News
A new AAA report shows that more teens aren’t as interested in driving. (The Car Connection)
Why do scofflaw cyclists break traffic laws? Bad design. (The Urban Country)
Sarah Goodyear explores Rand Paul’s weird fixation on slashing funding for sidewalks. (Atlantic Cities)
Austin, TX police are nabbing drivers who pass bicyclists too closely. (Austin American-Statesman)
Our new Transportation Secretary, Anthony Foxx, launched a new campaign and safety grants to cull traffic fatalities: Everybody is a Pedestrian. (Fast Lane)
Seattle advocates made DIY bollards on a bike lane, and now the DOT is making them permanent. (Streetsblog)
New Advocacy Advance Reports: Working with MPOs for Biking & Walking Funding
By Mary Lauran Hall on August 06, 2013
Attention advocates in cities or suburbs: do you know your MPO?
Metropolitan Planning Organizations (MPOs) are arguably more important than ever for biking and walking advocates. Under MAP-21, these agencies are now in charge of distributing Transportation Alternative Program (TAP) funds to local governments through a competitive grant process. This means that advocates who want to build great places to bike, walk and live will need to work with their MPO to make sure that the process goes smoothly.
To help maximize available funding for biking and walking, Advocacy Advance — a partnership between the Alliance for Biking & Walking and the League of American Bicyclists — has released two new reports to guide MPO staff and advocates through the new process.
Advocacy Advance is leading the effort to assist state, regional and agency staff and nonprofit organizations implement bicycling and walking policies under MAP-21, the new transportation law.
Call Summary & Recording: Working with Transit to Win Ballot Measures
By Mary Lauran Hall on August 05, 2013
It’s a rising trend across the country: successful transportation funding ballot measures include bicycle and pedestrian projects.
Faced with stagnant federal funding for transportation, states and localities are increasingly turning to the ballot box to raise money for crucial transportation improvement funds. On a recent Mutual Aid Call, advocates from around the United States discussed transportation ballot measures and how to strengthen campaigns for stronger local connectivity.
PA Misses Major Opportunity for Dedicated Bike and Walk Funding
By Lucy Wang on August 05, 2013
Last month, Pennsylvania missed a major opportunity. Lawmakers in the state House failed to pass a new $2.5 billion transportation funding plan before their summer recess, causing the state to miss out on an estimated 50,000 new transportation jobs during the critical summer construction season. The bill, which successfully passed the Senate, would have provided vital funds towards highway, bridge, and roadway repair, including dedicated biking and walking funding.
In an Op-Ed, PA Secretary of Transportation Barry Schoch expressed his disappointment: “After 16 years of inadequate funding we are left with nearly 10,000 miles of substandard road and 4,000 structurally deficient bridges.”
“Unfortunately, the bill that made it out of committee didn’t strike the right balance,” said Sarah Stuart, Policy Director for Bicycle Coalition of Greater Philadelphia. “It didn’t make anyone happy.”
When the House bill came to the floor for votes, the House was a striking contrast to the Senate’s bill. Amendments to the House bill reduced funding by $300 to $500 million below the Senate version and cut multi-modal transportation dollars to less than $2 million. House democrats refused to pass the bill, saying the funding cuts made it impossible to sustainably support mass transit needs.
“In the end, we agreed that it was better to not accept a bad bill and work toward for a better bill in the fall,” Stuart added.
Lawmakers won’t bring up the bill again until they reconvene in September. Stuart hopes that the House will come up with a more acceptable bill the next round that would bring enough support from the Democrats to pass the bill.
But there’s a silver lining, said Stuart. Despite a disappointing outcome, the Bicycle Coalition’s involvement improved relationships with partners and key decision makers.
“It enabled us to have a more sophisticated understanding of Harrisburg and how the House and Senate work,” she explained. “By pitching in and helping with the creation of the bill, we improved our relationships not only with the House and Senate members, but especially with PennDOT. These connections will help in the future because those people now understand us and trust us.”
In the meantime, she recommends PA residents pay an in-person visit to their district House Representatives and Senators to tell them that they are counting on them to pass a good bill for bike, pedestrian and transit in the fall.
“Personal visits,” she said, “do make a big difference.”
Enter our “Biking and Walking Summer Celebration” Photo Contest for a Chance to WIn a Tern Bike!
By Lucy Wang on August 05, 2013
Show us how you celebrate summer on two feet or on two wheels, and you could win a $650 Tern Link Uno folding bike!
In partnership with Tern Bicycles, the Alliance is excited to announce the August “Biking and Walking Summer Celebration” photo contest. During this month-long competition, all photographers at least 18 years of age are invited to submit photos of summer walking and biking.
We will pick the winning entry based on creative and artistic merit, as well as how successfully the photograph captures the summer spirit of biking and walking. Additional points for smiling faces, inspirational content and diversity.
Keep in mind that people must be included in the shot—no lonely pictures of bicycles or walking shoes!
Here’s how to join:
2. Upload your photos to your account.
3. When uploading the photo, add the tag ‘WinATern’ and add your photo entry to the ‘Summer Bike + Walk Photo Contest’ Flickr Group.
4. You’re all done! Each participant may submit up to three (3) photos each.
Contest judges will select the entries that capture summer biking and walking activities, the people and faces of biking and walking, and show the greatest artistic merit. Additional consideration will be given to entries that include show diversity, have aesthetic quality, and are creative.
The big winner will be announced mid-September 2013.
Individuals submitting photos into the contest retain full rights to their photos, including ownership, but through the act of participation (entering a photo into our contest and tagging those photos with the appropriate contest tags) will also grant to Alliance for Biking & Walking a non-exclusive, worldwide, irrevocable, royalty-free license to reproduce, distribute, and display the submitted photos. Photos will not be used for commercial gain under any circumstances.
For more information & the official rules, click here: http://www.peoplepoweredmovement.org/site/index.php/photo-contest
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