About the Advocacy Awards

Posted: 02/26/2014

Since 2009, the Alliance for Biking & Walking has held the Advocacy Awards to recognize excellence in the bicycle and pedestrian movement.


The 2014 Advocacy Awards ceremony, presented by Bicycling Magazine, will be held on the evening of Monday, March 3, 2014 at RFD.


Where are the Advocacy Awards held?

The Alliance Advocacy Awards are held in conjunction with the League of American Bicyclists’ National Bike Summit.

In 2014, the Awards will be from 8:30 to 11:30 on Monday, March 3 at RFD. RFD is just a short walk away from the Renaissance Hotel, where the National Bike Summit is held. Enter on 7th Street for a red carpet treatment.

What awards are given?

Awards are given in the following categories to recognize work done in the last calendar year.

Advocate of the Year

This award goes to an individual leader of a bicycling and/or walking advocacy organization who has shown tireless commitment to promoting bicycling and walking in his/her state/community. This person goes above and beyond the call of duty to transform his/her state/community into a great place for biking and walking. His or her time, knowledge, creativity, and commitment are the highest standard of excellence exemplifying a role model for peers.

Susie Stephens Joyful Enthusiasm Award

This award commemorates Susie Stephens, one of the Alliance’s founders and an enduring inspiration for many members of the bicycle and pedestrian movement. The honor goes to an individual who carries on Susie’s passion for advocating for bicycling as a fun and economical means of transportation, as well as creating a safe biking and walking environment for all.

Advocacy Organization of the Year

This award goes to a bicycling and/or walking advocacy organization who, in the past year, made significant progress. Their leaders have worked tirelessly together to grow and strengthen their organization and fulfill their mission. The proof of their efforts is in the growth of their capacity and programs and the victories they have achieved for biking and walking in their state/community.

Winning Campaign of the Year

This award goes to an organization for a winning campaign, in the last year, which has had the biggest impact for bicycling and walking. Their victory will dramatically increase biking and walking in their state/community or will dramatically shift the way that biking and walking are considered.

Business Advocate of the Year

This award goes to a business, corporation or corporate employee who have constantly championed the cause of bicycling and walking advocacy. The time, money, and energy they have invested are evidence of their commitment to promoting bicycling and walking for healthier communities and sustainable transportation choices.

Bicycling Magazine People’s Choice Award

The 2014 Bicycling People’s Choice Award will be awarded to a state or local bike advocacy organization in recognition of exemplary work, executed within the past year, that significantly improved bicycling. The People’s Choice winner has made a notable positive impact on bicycling and bicyclists in their community, whether through breaking ground on bike infrastructure or programs to make bicycling accessible to more people more often. Nominations will be received through the Alliance for Biking & Walking, and the winner will be decided by popular vote on Bicycling.com.

How does the nomination process work?

  • The nominations process is open to the public.

  • Anyone can make up to ten nominations — limit two nominations per person, per award category.

  • Nominations for the 2014 Advocacy Awards were accepted from January 2, 2014 until January 16, 2014.

  • Many nominations are received for the Advocacy Awards. For example, in 2014 over 80 people were nominated for Advocate of the Year. Alliance staff members sort through all submissions to select the final nominees.

  • Depending on the award category, criteria for final nominee status may include overall demonstrated value to the biking & walking advocacy movement, breadth of organizational focus, or Alliance membership status.

Who decides who will win?

Final nominees in each Award category are considered by a panel of judges from throughout the biking & walking movement. A winner is chosen based on the averages of all judges’ scores. In addition to Alliance staff, the members of the 2014 Advocacy Awards judges panel are:


Bicycling and Walking in the United States: 2012 Benchmarking Report

Posted: 01/10/2012

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imageThe Benchmarking Project is an on-going effort of the Alliance for Biking & Walking to collect and analyze data on bicycling and walking in all 50 states and the 51 largest U.S. cities. This third biennial report reveals data on bicycling and walking levels and demographics; bicycle and pedestrian safety; funding for bicycle and pedestrian projects; written policies on bicycling and walking; bicycle infrastructure; bike-transit integration; bicycling and walking education and encouragement; public health indicators; and the economic impact of bicycling and walking. This report is an essential resource and tool for government officials, advocates, and those working to promote bicycling and walking, including data tables and graphs that show how your state or city stacks up and providing unprecedented statistics to help support your case for increasing safe bicycling and walking in your community. (January 2012, 242 pages)

Order in bulk and save between $1 to $3 off the purchase price. Contact jeremy@peoplepoweredmovement.org to place bulk orders directly.


America Bikes

Posted: 10/31/2011

imageAmerica Bikes is a coalition of bicycle community leaders advocating for positive outcomes for biking and walking under the federal transportation bill.


America Walks

Posted: 10/31/2011

imageAmerica Walks leads a national coalition of local advocacy groups dedicated to promoting walkable communities. They engage, educate and connect walking advocates to promote safe, convenient and accessible walking conditions for all.


Alliance Sponsorship Opportunities

Posted: 11/11/2010

imageThe Alliance for Biking & Walking is the North American coalition of more than 220 bicycle and pedestrian advocacy organizations in the U.S., Canada and Mexico. Alliance organizations represent more than 190,000 dues-paying members and interact with countless more residents in their communities. With the assistance of the Alliance and its network of leaders and experts, advocates have the tools to transform their communities into great places to bike and walk.

Why sponsor the Alliance? Because…

  • The Alliance is growing — Our membership has skyrocketed from just 12 organizations in 1996 to more than 220 organizations in 2013.
  • The Alliance makes a difference on the ground — Research shows that significantly more people walk and bicycle in cities and states represented by Alliance organizations.
  • The Alliance helps to build your customer base — Alliance member organizations create tens of thousands of new bicyclists and walkers every year.

Your sponsorship is the catalyst for change across North America and gives your company repeated exposure in dozens of major markets. Your support builds brand loyalty among countless advocates and the hundreds of thousands of bicyclists and pedestrians they represent from coast to coast. Download our Sponsorship Invitation and select a level that fits your budget and meets your marketing needs.

Contact Jeff Miller at (202) 445-4415 or .(JavaScript must be enabled to view this email address) to discuss your sponsorship — or work with us to create your own customized opportunity.


The Alliance plays a powerful and important role in supporting organizations on the ground that work for safety, accessibility, and expansion of walking and cycling. Their positive energy motivates, not only our company, but also the many travelers who ride and walk with us.

- Gregg Marston, VBT Bicycling and Walking Vacations

imageWe support the Alliance because they are capacity builders. They nurture, network and coach their member organizations to ever-higher levels of effectiveness.

- Jay Ferm, Planet Bike

imageThe Alliance does a remarkable job bringing cohesion to the nonprofit world of sustainable transportation. Their vision focuses the energy and passion of groups around the country, strengthening individual effort by creating a collective whole.

- Jenn Orgolini, Sustainability Director, New Belgium Brewing Company

imageBecause the vast majority of Americans want their communities to be more walkable and bike friendly, CLIF BAR proudly supports the grassroots work of the Alliance. Aligning with our own values, the Alliance promote more vibrant communities, a cleaner environment and healthier, more active people.

- Elysa Hammond, Director of Environmental Stewardship, Clif Bar


Advocacy Advance

Posted: 06/30/2009

Advocacy Advance is pleased to provide $25,000 in Capacity Building Grants and $35,000 in Rapid Response Grants to member organizations in 2012. Get all the details on the Advocacy Advance website here.


Members Home Page

Posted: 04/01/2009

The Alliance for Biking & Walking has over 220 member organizations throughout the U.S., Canada and Mexico. We provide the following services to our members:


Our Online Resource Library provides over 1000 resources to Alliance members. Resources include template bylaws, workplans, budgets, and fundraising letters. You'll also find sample PSAs, annual reports, membership brochures, and a wealth of research on biking and walking issues. Search by keyword or category to find what you need.

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Trainings and Retreats

We host between four and six Winning Campaigns trainings a year and a biannual Leadership Retreat in different North American cities. Our trainings are geared specifically for leaders of biking and walking advocacy organizations and are great opportunities for networking and resource sharing.

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Mutual Aid Conference Calls

Our Mutual Aid series brings over 20 free educational conference calls a year to advocacy leaders. Call topics include capacity building for bike/ped advocacy organizations and topics of specific interest to biking and walking groups. Calls are facilitated by an Alliance staff member, last one hour, and typically draw between 10 and 30 Alliance leaders.

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Coaching and Consulting

Alliance members have access to on-call coaching and consulting services from qualified Alliance staff. Need help with a campaign? Want advice on growing your organization's membership? Need help navigating a tricky board situation? Contact our staff for assistance. Special consulting services such as strategic planning and meeting facilitation are also available to members at special rates.

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The Alliance Benchmarking Project collects, analyzes, and reports on bicycling and walking data for the 50 U.S. states and at least the 50 most-populous U.S. cities. The project provides vital data for advocates, planners, and researchers to evaluate progress and measure results of efforts to increase biking and walking.

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Job Board

Alliance members can post their job opportunities for free on the Alliance Job Board. We highlight our job board in our monthly e-newsletter, Streetside.

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Alliance publications are geared towards helping grassroots bicycle and pedestrian advocacy organizations thrive. Alliance members receive discounts on all Alliance publications.

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Advocacy Advance Grants are available to Alliance member organizations through a competitive application process twice a year. Grants fund start-up organizations, capacity building, and innovative programs to increase biking and walking.

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Action Center

Alliance members are kept plugged into national issues affecting bicycling and walking through our Action Center. From federal legislation like the Transportation Bill and Economic Stimulus Bill to Safe Routes to School, the Alliance plugs grassroots advocates into the national issues that matter most to them.

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Alliance members receive discounts on the following


Contact an Alliance staff member for more details on these discounts.

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Welcome Members

Posted: 05/19/2008

Bike & Ped Advocacy Resource Library

Looking for the recordings of Mutual Aid Calls or the materials from the recent training you attended? Find the latest resources for bicycle and pedestrian advocates. Over 500 resources in this library include sample documents and publications from Alliance member organizations, research and data on bicycling and walking issues, educational resources, public service announcements, models for organizing successful events, and more.


Alliance’s publications assist our members with their work including the newly released Fundraising Ride Guide and Benchmarking Report. Reduced prices are available for members.

Starting An Organization

To help our organizations Just forming, we share some related resources that will help you on this new journey:


Alliance is working to develop a more comprehensive help system for our members and supporters. You will currently find details for using our Alliance listserve as well as general help information.

And be sure to check out our upcoming events, recent member news, and latest job postings below:



Posted: 09/18/2007

The Alliance for Biking and Walking, formerly known as Thunderhead Alliance, is the coalition of grassroots advocacy organizations working together to promote bicycling and walking in North American communities. Alliance organizations come together to help each other grow their organizations and become more effective by sharing best practices and innovations.


Welcome to the Bike & Ped Advocacy Resource Library!

Posted: 01/18/2007

Here you will find the latest resources for bicycle and pedestrian advocates. There are over 500 resources in this library including sample documents and publications from Alliance member organizations, research and data on bicycling and walking issues, educational resources, public service announcements, models for organizing successful events, and more.

Feel free to browse the categories for resources of interest, or enter key words into the search tool to find exactly what you need. Many of the topics have been discussed on past Mutual Aid Calls, archived in their own section. If you cannot find what you're looking for, submit a request for a resource by emailing info@PeoplePoweredMovement.org. You can also submit resources you would like to share with other bicycle and pedestrian advocacy leaders.

Most of these documents and resources are password protected for the benefit of our member organizations and supporters. If you would like your advocacy organization to become an Alliance member, or if you would like to become one of our valued supporters, please...

Become a Member or Supporter!


Hey there - check out our new website!

Posted: 04/17/2014

Hey folks! The Alliance for Biking & Walking has migrated over to a new website, featuring a new design and back-end and RSS feed and everything. Please update your subscriptions accordingly!

Come find us at BikeWalkAlliance.org.


This Week in Biking & Walking: April Foolin’ Edition

Posted: 04/04/2014

Welcome to the Alliance’s weekly roundup of state & local biking & walking advocacy news. Every week, we crawl the blogs of our member organizations and bring you the most interesting tidbits.  


The 2014 Alliance Benchmarking Report will be released on April 16. Get a sneak peek at this webinar



An Austrian study found that wearing costumes vastly improves bicyclist safety. Chicken suits are especially effective. 


The Active Transportation Alliance will launch Skivvy, a bike sharing system for riding in your underpants


Seattle doctors reported the first known instance of bi-pochondria, a condition wherein sufferers become fixated by imaginary hardships on their bicycles. 

Mayor Byron Brown will make Buffalo, NY the most bicycle friendly city on Planet Earth


SF’s Portrero Avenue will get wider sidewalks, buffered bike lanes, and improved transit by 2015.  


There might be good news on the horizon in Hennepin County, MN, judging by their new bicycle and pedestrian coordinator

The Washington Area Bicyclist Association reports that the DC Department of Transportation has not made any significant infrastructure progress under its current leadership. 

Arlington, VA will install the first real-time bicycle counter on the east coast

New York City’s Atlantic Avenue will be among the first priority corridors for Vision Zero infrastructure improvements


Bike Pittsburgh hosted a sold-out Women and Biking Forum


Silicon Valley advocates will host a Bike to Shop Day


Bike Easy welcomes new Executive Director Naomi Doerner


On the 20th anniversary of Bike to Work Day in the Bay Area, the SF Bicycle Coalition interviews its first member

A report on transit in Chicago demonstrates a severe lack of funding and expansion

Roadway fatalities are down in Georgia, except for people on bikes


Four-time Olympic speedskating medalist Denny Morrison supports protected bike lanes in Calgary

Local Motion held the first-ever Vermont Walk/Bike Summit

The inaugural Southern States Caucus Regional Retreat and the Texas Trails and Active Transportation Conference were great

Bikes need access on Shenandoah National Park administrative roads


Greenville, SC advocates posted answers to a candidate survey for a county council seat. 


Wisconsin passed a vulnerable user law, but without more severe penalties for drivers who kill or seriously injure someone.  

Meanwhile in Connecticut, a vulnerable users law passed in the Transportation Committee. 

California advocates are pushing for a vulnerable road users bill, too.

In Missouri, advocates are fighting an amendment to remove biking & walking from the state transportation bill.  


The Shenandoah valley is gaining national recognition as a biking destination. (Virginia Business)

Pittsburgh may build protected bike lanes downtown (Trib; Pittsburgh Post-Gazette)

Competitive walking was serious business in the 1870’s and 1880’s. (NPR)  


Middletown, CT has adopted a Complete Streets policy. This Wesleyan alumna is pleased! (Hartford Courant)


The Bicycle Lady of Bidwell is a colorful character in Buffalo, NY. 



Webinar Recap: Winning Bicycling and Walking Projects in TIGER 6 Applications

Posted: 04/02/2014

The U.S. Department of Transportation recently announced its call for applications for the TIGER Discretionary Grant program. Applications for $600 million total in funding are due April 28th.

To prepare advocates and agency staff for the application process, Advocacy Advance - the Alliance’s partnership with the League of American Bicyclists - held a webinar about the new round of grants and showcasing tips from successful past applicants. We heard lessons from successful projects from Sahar Shirazi from the USDOT’s Office of the Secretary, Darla Latourneau from Bike Walk Lee, and Erik Frisch from the City of Rochester, NY.

Missed the webinar? No worries - watch the video recording and see the presentation slides below.



Collaborating with Health Stakeholders - 3/26/14

Posted: 04/01/2014

There’s no doubt that bicycling, walking, and public health all go together. But how can biking and walking advocates better engage with the health community to bring robust biking and walking networks to our communities?

On a recent Mutual Aid Call, stakeholders from the public health community shared how advocates and agency staff can communicate, collaborate, and partner with health stakeholders to increase physical activity and wellness.

Call recording (MP3)
Tip sheet (PDF)


Call Summary & Recording: Collaborating with Health Stakeholders

Posted: 04/01/2014

There’s no doubt that bicycling, walking, and public health all go together. But how can biking and walking advocates better engage with the health community to bring robust biking and walking networks to our communities?

On a recent Mutual Aid Call, stakeholders from the public health community shared how advocates and agency staff can communicate, collaborate, and partner with health stakeholders to increase physical activity and wellness.

Missed the call? Check out the notes below! Alliance members can also listen to a call recording in the Resources Library.



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