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About the Advocacy Awards

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

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

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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:

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Bicycling and Walking in the United States: 2012 Benchmarking Report

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Discounted Price for Alliance Members and Supporters: $32.95

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.

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America Bikes

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

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America Walks

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.

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Alliance Sponsorship Opportunities

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.


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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

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Advocacy Advance

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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.

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Members Home Page

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:

Resources

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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Benchmarking

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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Publications

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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Grants

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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Discounts

Alliance members receive discounts on the following

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

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Welcome Members

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.

Publications

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:

Help

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:

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Welcome

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.

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Welcome to the Bike & Ped Advocacy Resource Library!

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!

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This Week in Biking & Walking: April Foolin’ Edition

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.  

MARK THOSE BENCHES!

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

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APRIL FOOLIN’

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

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

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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

INFRASTRUCTURE NEWS

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

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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

PROGRAMMING

Bike Pittsburgh hosted a sold-out Women and Biking Forum

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Silicon Valley advocates will host a Bike to Shop Day

THE BIG PICTURE

Bike Easy welcomes new Executive Director Naomi Doerner

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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

ADVOCACY AVENUE

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

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

LEGISLATION LANE

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.  

IN THE NEWS

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)  

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

TRAILER 

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

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

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.

 

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Collaborating with Health Stakeholders - 3/26/14

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)

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Call Summary & Recording: Collaborating with Health Stakeholders

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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California Advocates Launch 24 Impressive Winning Campaigns

Over a picturesque sunny weekend, nearly 50 advocates gathered together for the Alliance’s Winning Campaigns Training in Oakland, California hosted by Bike East Bay.

Bike East Bay – winner of Bicycling Magazine People’s Choice Award – is no stranger to winning campaigns. Just last year, Bike East Bay and San Francisco Bicycle Coalition, and Bikes on Board received a major win and convinced the San Francisco Bay Area Rapid Transit (BART) System to allow bicycle access on trains. Bike East Bay also undertook a major campaign during the November 2012 election to win a local ballot measure – which required two-thirds of the vote to pass – to institute a penny sales tax to win $7.8 billion for transportation in Alameda County. That local ballot measure, unfortunately, fell 700 votes short from winning.

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The entire group is pumped and ready to develop winning campaign plans. The training was facilitated by the Alliance’s Brighid O’Keane, Jackie Douglas from LivableStreets Alliance in Boston, MA; and Bike East Bay’s very own Renee Rivera.

The Winning Campaigns Training brought together a diverse group of attendees. Some were staff or board members from bicycle and pedestrian advocacy organizations, while others were volunteers or active community members learning about campaigns for the very first time. Despite the varying levels of experience, the entire group participated in lively discussion and laid the groundwork to develop a winning campaign.

Throughout the weekend, participants learned key campaign elements – everything from campaign issue definition to power mapping to how to build relationships with your elected officials to fundraising.  At the end of the weekend, participants had put together a 24 impressive campaign plans that they could use on Monday morning.

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Scenes from the Winning Campaigns Training in Oakland, Califronia. Top row: Participants work together to provide feedback. Bottom left: Participants eagerly wait for the Saturday afternoon bike ride to start. Bottom right: Champ from the Original Scraper Bikes and Natalie Burdick from Walk San Francisco practice their fundraising pitches.

Some of the campaign plans included winning a local ballot measure next November to include sustained funding for bicycling and walking; winning protected bike lanes along major corridors in Alameda County; providing safe and accessible bicycle and pedestrian infrastructure for senior citizens; removing pedestrian crash zones in a major downtown area.; and ensuring winter snow removal on bike paths in South Lake Tahoe.

Together, these plans and the others developed during the training will provide advocates the organization and head start to successfully win their campaigns and make the East Bay a more walkable and bikeable community for all.

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Development Director, San Francisco Bicycle Coalition

Applications must be received by: 05/31/2014

Organization Information

San Francisco Bicycle Coalition
San Francisco, CA
Find more information at: https://www.sfbike.org/jobs_dd

Position Description

The San Francisco Bicycle Coalition is an effective, membership-based nonprofit organization working to promote bicycling for everyday transportation. We are looking for a seasoned, highly motivated individual to direct the Coalition’s diverse fundraising efforts in support of our advocacy and programmatic work.

* Hours: Full-time position. Position will entail some work on weeknights and weekends.
* Reports to: Executive Director
* Manages: A dynamic staff of 3-4 individuals focused on development, membership, and volunteer engagement.

This is an opportunity for someone who is a proven fundraiser and passionate about making San Francisco a better place to live, work, play, and, of course, bicycle. While the San Francisco Bicycle Coalition has diverse and strong income streams, opportunities exist for even greater growth and diversification of our revenue. We are looking for a strong, creative leader in the fundraising field who will help our organization grow to the next level.

Primary responsibilities include, but are not limited to, the following:

* Overseeing and increasing our major gifts program; Expanding foundation grant funding;
* Collaborating with our Membership Manager to grow our membership, particularly in the areas of business membership and monthly sustainers;
* Collaborating with our Events Manager on major fundraising events throughout the year;
* Overseeing and expanding our corporate sponsorship program;
* Assessing opportunities for income growth and diversification;
* Leading an effective team focusing on membership growth, event management, and volunteer engagement efforts;
* Working directly with our Board of Directors, key supporters and sponsors, as well as organizational partners;
* Setting up effective systems and structure to support fundraising efforts;
* Playing an active role in budgeting and forecasting.

Position Requirements

Strong candidates will demonstrate the following key qualifications:

* Have 5 years or more of progressively increasing responsibility in non-profit fundraising;
* Successful track record in soliciting gifts from individuals, foundations, and corporations, in an annual revenue setting of $1-5 million;
* Experience in staffing an Executive Director, Board, and other peer solicitors in “moves management” of major donors and prospects;
* Successful design and execution of multi-channel campaigns using direct marketing, online solicitations, social media, and related fundraising vehicles;
* Experience managing development and allied staff, including events and membership management;
* Have a commitment to and passion for the SF Bicycle Coalition’s mission;
* Successful project planning and strategy implementation;
* Excellent communication skills;
* Have CRM Software experience, preferably with Salesforce;
* Possess excellent interpersonal and networking skills;
* Have budgeting and forecasting experience;
* Team player, willing partner with program, communications and operations leadership.

Salary Information

Salary and Benefits: Attractive salary, benefits and annual leave compensation package. Full-time, exempt position.

How to Apply: Write a compelling cover letter and resume, and submit using the form on the web page listed below. Be sure to mention where you saw the job advertised. Applications will be considered on a rolling basis until the position is filled. People of color and women are strongly encouraged to apply. The San Francisco Bicycle Coalition is an equal opportunity employer and does not discriminate on the basis of race, ethnicity, age, religion, gender, sexual orientation or political orientation.

https://www.sfbike.org/jobs_dd

Instructions for applying for this job

https://www.sfbike.org/jobs_dd


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Get an Insider’s First Look at the 2014 Alliance Benchmarking Report

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The United States’ biggest bundle of data and stats on biking and walking is about to debut — and you can have a front row seat.

Every two years, the Alliance releases Bicyling and Walking in the United States: Benchmarking Report in conjunction with the Centers for Disease Control. This massive report is a comprehensive, all-questions-answered resource on all things active transportation in the U.S. From ranking all the states and major cities on bicycle and walking friendliness to showing the connections between public health and transportation, this report answers nearly every question you could have about bicycling and walking in the United States.

The 2014 Benchmarking Report will be officially released on Wednesday, April 16 — but you can get a sneak peek at the most interesting parts of the report on our First Look webinar on Wednesday, April 9. Sign up online here.

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We’ll cover the answers to important questions like:

  • Where do the most people bike and walk to work?
  • What is the single biggest predictor of how many people bike and walk to work?
  • Where do the most women bike to work, and where is the gender split of bicycle commuters most pronounced?
  • How do biking and walking affect public health indicators, like high blood pressure and diabetes?
  • What are states and cities doing to encourage more biking and walking?
  • Where are pedestrian and bicyclist fatality rates highest?

Don’t miss this exclusive look at the state of biking and walking in the U.S. Sign up for First Look at the 2014 Alliance Benchmarking Report today!

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Bike Maryland: Events Coordinator

Applications must be received by:

Organization Information

Bike Maryland
Lutherville, MD
Find more information at: http://bikemd.org

Position Description

Bike Maryland is a non-profit organization with a mission of promoting bicycling, increasing safety, improving conditions, and providing a voice for bicyclists in Maryland.

Currently seeking a full time Events and Membership Coordinator with a passion for bicycling!

Primary Responsibilities

  • Work with Executive Director and Development Coordinator to establish goals and execute events
  • Design and distribute promotional materials
  • Recruit donations, sponsorships and partners for events
  • Media and community outreach for events and Bike Maryland accomplishments
  • Volunteer coordination (for events and office tasks)
  • Develop and implement membership campaigns
  • Support sponsorship and fundraising development under current Development Coordinator
  • Perform general office administrative tasks to support Executive staff
  • Record membership and donor information in database
  • Produce and mail donor/membership acknowledgment and solicitation letters
  • Support executive staff in generating reports for quarterly meetings
  • Work closely with Development Coordinator to ensure efficiency in office operations.
  • Work in office, contribute to weekly staff meetings and all Bike Maryland fundraiser events

 

Position Requirements

  • Detail-oriented, having the ability to multi-task and follow through on projects under deadlines
  • Event planning experience
  • Strong computer skills and proficiency in Microsoft Office (photo editing & database experience a plus)
  • Excellent communication, positive attitude, team player
  • Experience with marketing (social media, press releases, establishing media connections)
  • Reliable transportation
  • Success in establishing and maintaining productive relationships with partners, media, and the public
  • Commitment to the mission of Bike Maryland

Salary Information

Salaried position with paid vacation and sick days. The position is located at our Lutherville office within blocks of the Baltimore Light Rail and bus routes.

Available immediately.

Instructions for applying for this job

Submit cover letter, resume and names of three references to: Mary Herbranson, Bike Maryland Event Planner and Development Coordinator: mary@bikemd.org


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Advocacy Advance Brings Navigating MAP-21 Workshop to Orlando, FL and Concord, NH

Cross-posted from the Advocacy Advance blog

February and March has been a busy month with Advocacy Advance. In addition to all of the great energy at the National Bike Summit and fun at the Alliance’s Advocacy Awards, Advocacy Advance has been on the road. We recently held our first two Navigating MAP-21 Workshops in 2014: the first in Orlando, FL; and most recently in Concord, NH.

Orlando, FL

Advocacy Advance facilitated its 20th workshop in Orlando, FL, with Florida Bicycle Association and MetroPlan Orlando. Harold Barley, Executive Director of MetroPlan Orlando, welcomed the crowd of nearly 50 attendees and emphasized the importance of transportation investments in the Orlando region. Attendees included a diverse audience—representing planners, engineers, advocates, business owners, and local elected officials from cities in the region.


Top: Harold Barley, Executive Director of MetroPlan Orlando, gives the welcome address. Bottom: Attendees walk and roll during the morning’s walking break, observing street conditions and applying knowledge about funding programs to improve safety.

Common themes emerged throughout the day. Attendees were concerned about bicycle and pedestrian safety, trail and commuter connections (including to transit), and the nuts and bolts of how to fund and implement a bicycle master plan. The diverse backgrounds of the attendees allowed for spirited group discussions and forming new connections and partnerships among attendees.

Concord, NH

The next Navigating MAP-21 Workshop was held at the end of March, hosted by the Bike-Walk Alliance of New Hampshire (BWANH), the New Hampshire Department of Health and Human Services (DHHS), and HEAL NH. Despite the snow from the night before the workshop, over 80 advocates and local agency staff gathered at DHHS to learn about public funds for bicycling and walking in New Hampshire.

The Concord workshop featured great support from elected officials, including a welcome letter from Governor Margaret Hassan, a recorded welcome address from Senator Jeanne Shaheen, and a keynote from Congresswoman Carol Shea-Porter. Congresswoman Shea-Porter spoke about her family’s experiences riding a bicycle and walking in their neighborhood and along New Hampshire’s beautiful trails, and the important need for safe infrastructure. Together, the Governor, Senator, and Congresswoman echoed the message for the need for safe and accessible infrastructure for people who bike and walk.

“Expanding opportunities for biking and walking as both transportation and recreation options requires a broad coalition,” said Tim Blagden, Executive Director of BWANH. “By working with partners we will increase awareness of the strong economic and health benefits of these types of projects. BWANH will continue to reach out across the state to involve more businesses, towns, organizations and individuals as we build a state that makes multimodal transportation safe and convenient.”

Where Next?

Advocacy Advance is hitting the road over the next few months, so stay tuned for more recaps and observations from our Navigating MAP-21 Workshops around the country. We hope to catch you at one of our upcoming workshops:

  • Honolulu, Hawaii: April 8-9
  • Harrisburg, Pennsylvania: May 29-30
  • Carrboro, North Carolina: June 12
  • Chattanooga, Tennessee: July 10
  • Rio Grande Valley, Texas: August 1
  • Austin, Texas: August 4

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Bike Maryland: Bike Friendly Maryland Program Coordinator

Applications must be received by: 04/30/2014

Organization Information

Bike Maryland
Lutherville, MD
Find more information at: http://bikemd.org

Position Description

Part time position: 20-30 hours per week

Reports to: Executive Director

About Bike Maryland

Bike Maryland¹s mission is to promote bicycling, increase safety, improve conditions, and provide a voice for bicyclists in Maryland. Bike Maryland is a 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization since 2009.

Bike Maryland seeks a Program Coordinator to manage the Bike Friendly Maryland Program. The Bike Friendly Maryland Program is devoted to improving the overall bikeability of Maryland by promoting the guidelines laid out by the League of American Bicyclists¹ Bicycle Friendly America (BFA) program. Working closely with businesses, universities, and communities throughout the state, we strive to make our state a more bicycle friendly place to live, work, and play. As a measure of our success, Bike Maryland aims to increase the number of Bicycle Friendly Communities (BFC), Bicycle Friendly Businesses (BFB), and Bicycle Friendly Universities (BFU) within the state.

The primary focus of the Bike Friendly Maryland Program is to plan, organize and facilitate bike friendly workshops at the community, business, and university level throughout the state. The purpose of the bike friendly workshops is to encourage communities, businesses, and universities to promote and facilitate increased bicycling for both recreation and transportation. Each workshop is comprised of the following components:

  1. basic education on the BFC, BFB, or BFU program and how to implement this process within the community,
  2. presentations from other BFA participants within the state and bicycle advocacy professionals, and
  3. group brainstorming sessions allowing attendees to explore opportunities for bicycle advocacy within their community. This is also a time for attendees to begin organizing into groups for future work.

In addition to bicycle friendly workshops, the Bicycle Friendly Maryland Program also serves as a resource for the development of local bicycle advocacy organizations by presenting workshops on “how to form an advocacy organization.”

Program growth and development is also dependent upon identifying and seeking both corporate, individual and/or grant funding. Drafting grant proposals and working to increase the number of Bike Maryland members is a program responsibility.

Responsibilities

  • Plan, organize and facilitate at minimum of 12 bicycle friendly workshops in a 12 month period
  • Develop and communicate effective strategies for encouraging communities, businesses, and universities to become more bicycle friendly
  • Develop and implement effective communications, relationship and partnerships at the community, business, and university level with a goal of bringing a minimum of 20 attendees to each workshop goal is 40 attendees per workshop
  • Work collaboratively and creatively with partner organizations to achieve best practices
  • Maintain Bicycle Friendly Maryland webpage and updated workshop reviews
  • Maintain funding log
  • Meet quarterly reporting requirements as established by executive director
  • Perform necessary administration and operations functions such as recordkeeping, program measurement, effective reporting, correspondence, and protocol development
  • Identify potential funding sources and draft grant proposals with a goal of covering all program costs and expanding the program

Position Requirements

  • Bachelor’s degree in public policy, community planning, transportation planning, or related field
  • Professional, polished, confident and capable of developing professional partnership relationships
  • Demonstrated experience in program design and management
  • Demonstrated ability to develop and give effective presentations to small or large groups
  • Demonstrated success meeting monthly, quarterly and annual project benchmarks and timelines
  • Must be able to work independently and as part of a team, and have a strong sense of responsibility.
  • Excellent written and oral communication skills, including the ability to make public presentations to large groups
  • Strong organizational skills, and the ability and willingness to handle multiple projects, demands and moving targets are a must
  • Working knowledge of MS Word, Outlook, Power Point , and social media outreach required

Salary Information

Salary is commensurate with the selected candidate’s experience and skill level.

The position will be based in Bike Maryland¹s Lutherville office, one block from the light-rail.

Instructions for applying for this job

Please send resume, 3 references and cover letter to Carol Silldorff at carol@bikemd.org.


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This Week in Biking & Walking

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.  

SAVE THE DATE for the 2014 Alliance Leadership Retreat, September 5-8 in Laurel Highlands, PA (outside Pittsburgh)

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BIKE SHARE BLUES

Bike news was buzzing this week with news that Citi Bike will need substantial outside funding. Wisconsin advocates wonder: why should a bike share program pay for itself if no other transportation system is self-sufficient

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An expansion of San Francisco’s bike share system is on hold

INFRASTRUCTURE NEWS

Minneapolis advocates are disappointed with the proposal for street improvements outside the Walker Arts Center. 

Kansas City’s streetcar proposal is short on biking and walking improvements. That will need to change if city leaders want to see fewer red roads on this homemade map of biking barriers

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Initial opposition has evaporated for a protected bike lane on Figoera Avenue in LA; all neighborhood councils are now supporting.

Polk Street continues to be the most challenging protected bike lane project in San Francisco, despite strong community support.

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And in case anyone needs proof that SFBC is no shrinking violet: an online counter to show how many walkers and bikers have been injured on Polk Street on Supervisor David Chiu’s and SFMTA’s watch

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Atlanta advocates propose a protected bike lane on DeKalb Avenue

PROGRAMMING

Jessica Binder of the Bicycle Federation of Wisconsin, a nominee for the 2014 Susie Stephens Award, lists a full calendar of women-specific events

A women-only mountain bike clinic in Philadelphia! 

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THE BIG PICTURE

Omaha, like the rest of the country, is experiencing a decline in VMT

ADVOCACY AVENUE

Hawai’i advocates are getting ready for an Advocacy Advance Navigating MAP-21 workshop. In other news, Advocacy Advance staff are excited to be in Hawai’i. 

A complete streets coalition is forming in Milkwaukee

Boston’s parks department had a productive meeting with advocates after a controversial reluctance to clear snow from bike routes.

A Washington, DC councilmember backtracked after calling for a moratorium on bike lanes. Echoes of San Francisco circa 2006? 

Slow down there, sugar! Atlanta advocates will bring an etiquitte campaign to a popular trail

Local and regional summits are happening! Massachusetts’ south coast bikeway summit is next week; Maryland’s Montgomery County is hosting a summit next weekend. 

The Georgia Trail Summit agenda has been announced. 

LEGISLATION LANE

Ohio legislators nixed a three-foot passing provision. Advocates are fighting to get it back. 

The Hartford Courant supports the Connecticut vulnerable users bill

Here’s a baffling one: a “no cellphone while driving” law is under attack in Hawaii. Really? That’s controversial? 

IN THE NEWS

News report finds that drivers operate their cars in the bike lanes in DC. Zero bicyclists express surprise. (WTOP

Houston handles this problem with undercover bicyclists. (KHOU, h/t @ Alex Baca)

The WE Bike NYC crew that biked to the National Bike Summit from New York made the Washington Post

A nice profile of Advocate of the Year Nelle Pierson. (The Bicycle Story)

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From the Farmers’ Anti-Automobile Society of Pennsylvania, 1911: 

  1. Automobiles traveling on country roads at night must send up a rocket every mile, then wait ten minutes for the road to clear. The driver may then proceed, with caution, blowing his horn and shooting off Roman candles, as before.
  2. If the driver of an automobile sees a team of horses approaching, he is to stop, pulling over to one side of the road, and cover his machine with a blanket or dust cover which is painted or colored to blend into the scenery, and thus render the machine less noticeable.
  3. In case a horse is unwilling to pass an automobile on the road, the driver of the car must take the machine apart as rapidly as possible and conceal the parts in the bushes. 

Via Transportation Alternatives.

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This Week in Biking & Walking

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.  

OPEN STREETS ARE IN THE AIR

The next CicLAvía is right around the corner - as is the National Open Streets Training in LA. 

This upcoming CicLAvía will be the most walkable yet

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Bike riders in Dallas got a highway bridge all to themselves for a whole day. 

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Advocates in the San Gabriel Valley are vying for public funding for CicloSGVía, an offshoot CicLAvía. 

INFRASTRUCTURE NEWS

Bike lanes will be striped in Alexandria, VA. 

15 ways to protect bike lanes, IN ONE CHART

Activists are working hard to close the biggest gap in the East Coat Greenway: the Susquehanna river crossing

A Delaware MPO approved a plan that includes funding for a “bicycle highway” between downtown Wilmington and New Castle.  

Those dollars aren’t in Kansas any more: This Kansas city returned a federal grant that was supposed to be used to extend a local trail. And your little dog, too!  

San Francisco has committed to improving Market Street for walking, biking, and transit. 

PROGRAMMING

Check out the schedule for Pittsburgh’s first Women and Biking Forum

Wisconsin advocates held a Pi(e) Day ride

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THE BIG PICTURE

The movement for safer, better walking and biking has seen major growth since the late 90’s.


Wowie zowie: Walking rates in California have doubled since 2000

Washington Bikes has opened their retail store

Welcome, Crenshaw WALKS!

ADVOCACY AVENUE

Georgia’s 9th annual Ride to the Capitol drew hundreds of riders and several high-profile speakers, including Governor Deal.    

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Bike Delaware will fill this prescription at the upcoming May 1 Delaware Bike Summit

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Speeding is down more than 90% on streets where Chicago has installed speed cameras. 

A new study from Victoria, BC shows that about half of people shopping downtown arrived on foot or by bike. People who biked or walked to shops spent about as much as people who drove or took transit - findings that are consistent with similar past studies.   

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LEGISLATION LANE

Virginia’s new three foot passing bill is the state’s first pro-bike legislation in recent history

Oakland advocates have introduced a vulnerable road users ordinance

IN THE NEWS

Car-free households fall into two economic categories: unusually rich and unusually poor. (New Republic)

The fact that young people are switching away from driving shows that transportation preferences are malleable. (Grist)

With fewer bike police in South Pittsburgh, it will be harder for the city to address quality of life issues. (South Pittsburgh Reporter)

This ball is still rolling: 1 mile of protected bike lane is 100x cheaper than 1 mile of roadway. (Treehugger)

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Bicycle riders in Brooklyn circa 1896.


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TA is calling them “proto hipsters” - they’re all riding fixies and every day is a Tweed ride. 

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The Biking & Walking Boom, In Two Maps and One Dinosaur Comic

It’s hard to shake the feeling that North America is going through a walking and bicycling revival.

Prolific bicycle researcher John Pucher and colleagues declared a “bicycling renaissance” back in 2011, but it wasn’t until recently that biking for transportation really gained momentum in the public consciousness. Citi Bike’s bright blue presence in New York is perhaps the most notable example: the new bike sharing system has caught and held the attention of mainstream media, the fashion industry, and television writers.

Walking and street safety have seen similar boosts. Real Simple Magazine called walking “America’s untrendiest growing trend.” Vision Zero campaigns are gaining momentum all over the country. Even Los Angeles, that (in)famous bastion of traffic jams and car culture, is reinventing itself as a walkable, bikeable city.

And it trickles down from there. Popular podcasts discuss bygone times when streets were for people. Even Dinosaur Comics is in on the action:

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As a coalition of state and local organizations working to make walking and biking safer and more accessible for everybody, we find these trends pretty exciting. Especially because, in all of specific cases I mentioned above, local advocates played a big role in pushing elected officials and public agencies to make changes to make walking and biking better.

Transportation Alternatives worked behind the scenes for years to make Citi Bike a reality (and won an Advocacy Award for their efforts). Walk San Francisco, San Francisco Bicycle Coalition and Silicon Valley Bicycle Coalition have been laser-focused on securing Vision Zero commitments in Google’s back yard. Los Angeles Walks valiantly defends pedestrian rights on LA streets. Even tiny towns in Idaho are desperate for more funds to build safe routes for walking and biking.

So walking and biking are booming in part because advocates are working hard to make it happen. But has active transportation advocacy really grown that significantly in recent history?

We pulled together a couple of maps to find out.

First, we went back in our records to find a list of all of the state and local bike advocacy groups in our membership way back in 1998, just a year after our founding. At that point, the bike advocacy world was really small – just a handful of groups were working on these issues at the state or local level across the U.S., and most became members of the Alliance when this national network formed. The Alliance was still called the Thunderhead Alliance, after a set of foundational retreats at the Thunderhead Ranch, and we hadn’t yet enlarged our mission to encompass walking organizations. That would come later, in 2004.

Here’s a map showing all of the Alliance’s members in 1998. Light green shaded states indicate a statewide organization; darker green pins indicate a city or regional organization.

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Pretty sparse. The American South and states between the Mississippi and California are looking especially underserved.

Contrast that with a map showing all of the Alliance’s members in 2014. Again, light green means a statewide or provincial group and dark green points mean a city or regional org. This time, the map includes both biking and walking advocacy organizations, since we’ve broadened our mission since we founded:

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The movement for better biking and walking has grown a LOT. Almost every U.S. state boasts at least one active transportation advocacy group (North Dakota, where y’at? Call us - we can help you get something started) and some regions are positively packed with advocates (I see you, Northeast Corridor and Bay Area). There are more citizens than ever before working to make communities safer and more accessible for getting around on foot and by bicycle. (Did we miss your organization on the map? By gosh, email me!)

We can ensure even more growth and progress in the coming years by growing and strengthening the organizations that do exist as we organize new efforts in communities where advocacy hasn’t yet taken root. Need help? The Alliance can help you create, grow, and mature your active transportation advocacy organization.

Let’s get out there and rouse some rabble for safer, better streets!

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Webinar Recap: Twitter for Media Relations

Twitter is useful for fueling engagement with your supporters and getting the word out about your issues. But it can also be a helpful tool in another communications arena: media relations.

On a recent webinar with the League of American Bicyclists, we shared tips on how biking and walking advocates can use Twitter to connect with reporters and get active transportation issue in the news. This was the fourth session in a series of social media webinars we’re doing together. For background, check out Twitter 101; Facebook 101; and Vine, Pinterest, Instagram, and Tumblr 101.

Check out the recording below, and keep reading for some key takeaways and insights.

 

A blasphemous idea is taking hold in media relations work: press releases are terrible. See Chris Cassidy’s excellent Prezi for more on this, but the gist is that reporters get so many press releases that may or may not be relevant to their work that the mechanism has become all but useless.

So what’s a communications person to do?

Forget the properly formatted press release blasted out to a thousand media contacts. Instead, focus on relationships. Twitter can help.

Before you even need to blast something out, get to know the reporters who cover the issues you work on. This involves good old-fashioned press tracking, good ol’ email, and Twitter.

I use Talkwalker to track press mentions of the Alliance and Advocacy Advance, then compile them in a spreadsheet that looks like this:

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Note that I keep track not only of the article, but also of the author, their email, and their Twitter handle. When a reporter writes a story about our issues, I add their Twitter handle to the Alliance’s private media list – a list I maintain within the Alliance Twitter account. This list is close to the front of my Tweetdeck and I look at it often to see what reporters are talking about and connect when stuff in our wheelhouse comes up.

When you’re pitching something, it’s ideal to have an existing relationship with the person you’re approaching. Be a known quantity to the reporters who cover issues your organization cares about. Introduce yourself – maybe on Twitter! Make plans to grab coffee and ask more about what they’re interested in. Liz had a great suggestion, gleaned from a reporter for an alt-weekly in DC: offer to take a journalist out for a bike ride or walk in a particularly problematic area.

It can help, too, to make it clear to a reporter that you’re sharing their articles. When a story comes up about your organization or your issues, tweet it to your followers and include their handle in the message. This shows the journalist that you’re paying attention and that their work is resonating.

Chris also suggests having a separate press list where you track contact with individual reporters:

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Creating press lists is something I end up doing last minute when we have something to release, but it’s certainly smarter to track systematically.

Then, when you do need to release something, consider writing a blog post instead of a press release. Use real-person-speak to write it, not stuffy press release language and odd formatting. Write about the issue the way you would explain it to a friend.

Share the blog post with reporters in your network on Twitter. And do use email – just not a giant, faceless blast. Use language from your blog post to assemble a short email explaining the issue, then customize that message for each of the reporters you want to reach out to. Include a reference or two to their latest work so that they know you’re listening.

This isn’t to say that press releases don’t have a place. Sometimes you need to send out a big, un-personalized email to a lot of press contacts. But those moments should be few and far between. Unless you have a huge report, individualized outreach will probably serve you much better. And even when you do send a big release, breaking out of the press release format is never a bad thing.

What are your tips for using Twitter in media relations? Share them in the comments.

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This Week in Biking and Walking

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.  

GREEN LANE GLEE

A new round of Green Lane Project cities has been announced! MassBike, Atlanta Bicycle Coalition, Boston Cyclists Union, Bike Pittsburgh, Cascade, and Bike Denver are excited. 

INFRASTRUCTURE NEWS

Here’s the SF Bicycle Coalition’s wishlist for new bike projects. Note: SF advocates asked for and incorporated feedback from members on what projects to push for—a good way to engage supporters in infrastructure advocacy. 

A proposal to reduce car travel lanes and add a bike lane on Washington Avenue in Philly

TRICKLE-DOWN FROM THE FEDS

Walking has been left out of the Federal Highway Administration’s proposed safety rulemaking. California Walks isn’t amused.

This week’s Supreme Court ruling on rail trails was a downer. Philly and Massachusetts advocates breath sighs of relief that the ruling won’t apply to trails in their areas. 

PROGRAMMING

Liz Jose answers questions about riding from New York to DC in the freezing cold with WE Bike NYC. 

ADVOCACY AVENUE

Bike Pittsburgh launched an Indiegogo campaign to get their popular Drive With Care campaign onto billboards again. 

The Youth Bike Summit prompted a Maine teenager to pledge to get more people riding. 

LeeAnne from BTA Oregon was at the Youth Bike Summit, too - and left feeling pretty jazzed about working with youth. 

The San Francisco MTA might be spending more money on post-it notes than on bike projects

California’s State Smart Transportation Initiative issues a scathing review of CalTrans, the state’s department of transportation. Among the findings, according to Dave Snyder: “The report reveals with undisguised disdain a number of senior managers who think that ‘bicycle and pedestrian facilities are not part of Caltrans’ mission.’”

Suburban Winfield, IL now has a bike plan

A new APTA report shows that transit ridership is the highest it’s been in 57 years. Active Trans asks why Chicago isn’t sharing in the boom.  

LEGISLATION LANE

The Massachusetts Senate approved $377 million over five years for bike and pedestrian paths. 

Wisconsin’s vulnerable road user bill may be dead

New York state senators are calling for dedicated Complete Streets funding

Florida’s governor has declared that March is Florida Bicycle Month

IN THE NEWS

A new economic impact study shows that DC’s Capital Bikeshare is good news for area businesses. (InTheCapital)

Apps and gadgets to boost bike safety for individual riders proliferate. (New York Times) Some among us may suggest that the best technology to boost bike safety is engineering our streets to be comfortable and safe for bicycling.  

The mayor of New Havent, CT has promised more protected bike lanes. (New Haven Independent)

Op-ed: Houston needs to better accomodate people biking and walking. (Houston Chronicle)

TRAILER 

Bill Murray on a bicycle

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