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03/05/2013 -- Alliance Announces 2013 Advocacy Awards Winners

Washington, DC - March 5, 2013 - To shine the spotlight on the progress and victories of the bicycle and pedestrian advocacy movement, the Alliance for Biking & Walking is pleased to announce its 2013 Advocacy Award winners.

Since 2009, the Alliance has solicited public nominations and recognized the individuals, organizations and business leaders who are propelling our People Powered Movement. This year, the Alliance honors the following winners.

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10/26/2012 -- Alliance Hires New Benchmarking Project Manager

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Washington, DC - October 26, 2012 - Today, the Alliance is proud to announce that Andrea Milne is succeeding Kristen Steele (Swanson) as the Benchmarking Project Manager.

Milne will coordinate the many partners, officials and academic reviewers to produce Bicycling and Walking in the United States: 2014 Benchmarking Report.

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03/21/2012 -- Alliance Announces 2012 Advocacy Award Winners

imageWashington, DC - March 20, 2012 - To shine the spotlight on the progress and victories of the bicycle and pedestrian advocacy movement, the Alliance for Biking & Walking is pleased to announce its 2012 Advocacy Award winners.

Since 2009, the Alliance has solicited public nominations and recognized the individuals, organizations and business leaders who are propelling our People Powered Movement. This year, the Alliance honors the following winners.

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03/01/2012 -- Winners Announced for 2011 Alliance Photo Contest

imageWashington, D.C. - March 1, 2012 - The Alliance for Biking & Walking is pleased to announce the winners of the 2011 People Powered Movement Photo Contest.

With three new categories in 2011 — Women, Diversity, and Open Streets — more than 1,700 photos were submitted from photographers across North America. After a public voting period, finalists and winners were selected by a diverse panel of judges and Alliance staff.

“To increase biking and walking, advocates need access to quality photos that convey the power and possibility of a self-propelled lifestyle,” said Carolyn Szczepanski, Alliance Communications Coordinator. “The images submitted to the People Powered Movement Photo Contest will serve as a practical and inspirational resource for state and local leaders across North America.”

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02/21/2012 -- Alliance Partnership Launches Open Streets Project Website and Guide

imageWashington, D.C. — February 21, 2012 — In communities across the country, open streets initiatives are redefining citizens’ relationships with public spaces and encouraging millions of Americans to get active. To foster the growth and development of these exciting initiatives, the Alliance for Biking & Walking and the Street Plans Collaborative have launched two new, innovative resources: The Open Streets Project website and the Open Streets Guide.

Open streets initiatives temporarily close streets to automobiles, allowing residents to walk, bike, skate, dance and utilize the roadways in countless creative and active ways. From Los Angeles to Ottawa, and Missoula to Miami, open streets have become a way for cities to build community, promote active transportation and reconnect neighborhoods divided by traffic.

The website, www.OpenStreetsProject.org, showcases dozens of current initiatives across the continent and allows municipalities and advocacy organizations to share information and resources on their open streets initiatives as they evolve and expand. The Open Streets Guide features best practices from 67 initiatives across the continent, and serves as a tool for cities looking to start or grow an open streets initiative. Click here to download the free electronic copy of the guide. A print version will be available on March 21, 2012 at www.OpenStreetsProject.org.

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02/13/2012 -- Prominent Author to Keynote National Women Cycling Forum

imageWashington, DC — February 13, 2012 — Sue Macy, author of Wheels of Change: How Women Rode the Bicycle to Freedom (With a Few Flat Tires Along the Way), will appear as the keynote speaker at the inaugural National Women Cycling Forum. The forum will be held on March 20 from 2 p.m. to 4 p.m. in conjunction with the 2012 National Bike Summit.

Women still cycle at much lower rates than men in the United States—making up just 24 percent of bike trips in 2009. But that trend is shifting. This Forum will be the first national gathering specifically dedicated to raising awareness about and discussing how to engage more women in bicycling.

“This critical topic and rising energy is gathering momentum across the country as more women of all backgrounds are starting to ride or getting more involved in the movement,” said Carolyn Szczepanski, Communications Coordinator for the Alliance for Biking & Walking. “We’re eager to start a continuing conversation aimed at increasing the number of women who bicycle for transportation and recreation.”

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01/23/2012 -- National Report Ranks Cities and States for Bicycling and Walking


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Washington, DC - January 23, 2012 - In a new report, Bicycling and Walking in the United States: 2012 Benchmarking Report, the Alliance for Biking & Walking ranks all 50 states and the 51 largest U.S. cities on bicycling and walking levels, safety, funding, and other factors.

This report comes at a critical moment, as Congress takes up the imminent passage of the next federal transportation bill, which dictates how billions of tax dollars will be spent over coming years.

The Benchmarking Report reveals that, in nearly every city and state, pedestrians and bicyclists are disproportionately at risk of being killed, and currently receive less than a fair share of transportation dollars. While 12 percent of trips in the U.S. are by bike or foot, 14 percent of traffic fatalities are bicyclists and pedestrians. Pedestrian and bicycle projects receive less than 2 percent of federal transportation dollars.

“The Benchmarking Report shows that biking and walking are smart solutions to many of our country’s most pressing challenges when it comes to transportation, job creation and health,” Jeffrey Miller, Alliance President/CEO, says.

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11/03/2011 -- Nominations Open for Alliance 2012 Advocacy Awards

imageWashington, DC - November 3, 2011 — The Alliance for Biking & Walking has opened the public nomination period for its 2012 Advocacy Awards. Now in its fourth year, the Alliance’s Advocacy Awards recognize excellence in bicycle and pedestrian advocacy.

Award categories include:

  • Advocate of the Year
  • Advocacy Organization of the Year
  • Business Advocate of the Year
  • Winning Campaign of the Year
  • Susie Stephens Joyful Enthusiasm Award

Nominations will be accepted through December 18, 2011 on the Alliance website.

Anyone can make up to five nominations — one nomination per person, per award category. Nominations are not limited to Alliance members. A selection committee composed of Alliance staff, board, and advocacy organization representatives will evaluate all nominees and the winners will be announced at a high-profile reception the first night of the 2012 National Bike Summit.

For more information and to nominate an individual, organization or business in your community visit: www.PeoplePoweredMovement.org/Awards

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11/01/2011 -- Online Voting Opens for 2011 People Powered Movement Photo Contest

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Washington, DC - November 1, 2011 - Online voting opens today for the 2011 People Powered Movement Photo Contest. Presented by the Alliance for Biking & Walking, the contest has received more than 1,500 photo submissions from participants across the continent. Now the public can help decide who will win an all-expenses-paid biking or walking trip to Italy and a host of other prizes.

The second People Powered Movement Photo Contest aims to both celebrate the beauty and energy of active transportation and continue to build an online library of high-quality images that can be used by bicycle and pedestrian advocacy organizations across North America.

Starting today and running through November 30th, members of the public are invited to vote for their favorite photos on the contest website. Each participant can vote for 10 photos in each of the seven contest categories.

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08/10/2011 -- Advocacy Advance Awards $100,000 in Grants

imageWashington, DC - August 10, 2011 - In line with a goal to double federal funding for biking and walking, Advocacy Advance is awarding more than $100,000 in direct grants to four organizations.

Using the grants to tap into federal funding streams and build their political influence, recipients will work to triple bicycle mode share in Atlanta, Ga., dramatically improve infrastructure in Pittsburgh, Pa., empower Latino cyclists in Los Angeles, Calif. and create a new model to win state dollars in Delaware.

Since 2009, Advocacy Advance—a partnership of the Alliance for Biking & Walking and the League of American Bicyclists—has awarded more than $500,000 in direct grants to 25 state and local advocacy organizations. This year, more than 60 applications with proposals totaling more than $1.3 million were received in the two grant categories: Model Grants and Capacity Building Grants.

Model Grants provide multi-year support for efforts that significantly increase federal investment for biking and walking. Capacity Building Grants catalyze the growth of advocacy organizations. Based on the organizations’ successful track records and innovative strategies, 2011 grants will be awarded to Bike Delaware, Bike Pittsburgh, the Atlanta Bicycle Coalition and the Los Angeles County Bicycle Coalition.

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08/01/2011 -- Alliance Launches 2011 People Powered Movement Photo Contest

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Washington, DC - August 1, 2011 - With more than $8,000 in prizes for the winning entries, the Alliance for Biking & Walking invites all members of the public to submit their best images of biking and walking to the 2011 People Powered Movement Photo Contest.

The contest aims to both celebrate the beauty and energy of active transportation and continue to build an online library of high-quality images that can be used by bicycle and pedestrian advocacy organizations across North America.

In 2009, more than 2,000 photographs were submitted in the first Alliance photo contest. Today marks the launch of the 2011 contest. Once again, categories include biking, walking, and advocates in action. New in 2011, the People Powered Movement Photo Contest invites photos in additional categories, including:

  • Women
  • Equity / Building an Inclusive Movement
  • Open Streets (Ciclovias)

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06/22/2011 -- New Alliance Partnership Will Advance Open Streets Movement

imageWashington, DC - June 22, 2011 - Open Streets initiatives have exploded in popularity across North America, encouraging millions of citizens to experience and celebrate their public spaces in ways they’ve never imagined. To advance this growing movement, the Alliance for Biking & Walking and The Street Plans Collaborative are launching the Open Streets Project this summer.

Open Streets initiatives temporarily close streets to automobiles, allowing residents to walk, bike, skate, dance and utilize the roadways in countless creative and active ways. From Los Angeles to New York to Miami, Open Streets have become an effective and high-energy means to build community, promote active transportation and reconnect neighborhoods divided by traffic.

The Open Streets Project will support this exciting trend with the November release of a print guide and website to increase the success with Open Streets initiatives, serving as the one-stop source of information, models and best practices.

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05/12/2011 -- Alliance Partners with CLIF BAR to Replace 100,000 Car Trips with Bicycle Travel

imageWashington, DC - May 12, 2011 - The Alliance for Biking & Walking is proud to join CLIF BAR’s push to replace 100,000 car trips with healthy, pollution-free bicycle travel this summer and fall. Returning for a second year, the Alliance is excited to once again lead the Gold Team in the nationwide 2 Mile Challenge.

The 2 Mile Challenge is CLIF BAR’s innovative, online effort to fight climate change by encouraging bicycle travel for short trips. In the U.S., 40 percent of all urban trips are two miles or less, but 90 percent of those short distances are made by automobile. CLIF BAR started the 2 Mile Challenge to build community among current bicyclists, encourage more citizens to travel on two wheels and support nonprofits that are working to increase active transportation.

For this year’s Challenge, CLIF BAR aims to replace 100,000 car trips - while donating $100,000 to bicycle advocacy and climate protection.

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05/05/2011 -- Alliance to Benefit from New “Bikes Are Better” Product Line

imageWashington, DC - May 5, 2011 - Just in time for National Bike Month, the Alliance for Biking & Walking will be the first recipient of funds from a new “Bikes Are Better” product line launched by Fyxation.

The innovative and fashionable gear is now available for purchase and 25 percent of profits will be donated to bicycle advocacy and bicycle related non-profits. The Alliance for Biking & Walking will partner with Fyxation to benefit from the proceeds through June 30, 2011.

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03/07/2011 -- Alliance Presents 2011 Advocacy Awards

imageWashington, DC - March 8, 2011 - To shine the spotlight on the progress and victories of the bicycle and pedestrian advocacy movement, the Alliance for Biking & Walking is pleased to announce its 2011 Advocacy Award winners. Since 2009, the Alliance has solicited public nominations and recognized the individuals, organizations and business leaders who are propelling our People Powered Movement.

“Our 2011 award winners represent all corners of the continent and a variety of different campaigns and initiatives to increase biking and walking,” Jeff Miller, Alliance President/CEO, said. “But they are all shining examples of the energy, enthusiasm and progress of the bicycle and pedestrian advocacy movement - a movement that is transforming communities across North America.”

This year, the Alliance honors the following winners.

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