Alliance Member News
Costumed kids will ride cyclocross in Bend, OR this weekend. (Bicycle Transportation Alliance)
Cascade Bicycle Club outlines goals for funding transportation projects in 2014.
Bike Maryland is featured in the Maryland State Police’s new training video about the rules of the road for bicycling.
Meanwhile, MassBike is gearing up to shoot a training video for police departments, and they’re crowdsourcing ideas for where to shoot.
Zebras have been installed on Pennsylvania Avenue in Washington, DC. (Washington Area Bicyclist Association)
The Illinois DOT will allow a protected bike lane on Clyboun Avenue, where 26-year-old Bobby Cann was struck and killed. (Active Transportation Alliance)
For one advocate, maintaining a ghost bike was an opportunity to reflect on outreach about road safety. (Minneapolis Bicycle Coalition)
On their first anniversary, BikeSD reflects on their first-year advocacy goals.
Three huge legislative victories for biking in California. (California Bicycle Coalition)
Biking & Walking in the News
A record number of people have died this year while walking in Tucson, AZ. (AZ Star Net)
Crashes that injure walkers are on the rise in San Francisco, too. (SF Examiner)
Protected bike lanes make their debut in Austin! (Austin Statesman)
A Virginia bike thief gets 12 years. (Arlington Now)
Portland, OR buses are testing devices to warn walkers. (The Transit Wire)
Will your city build protected bike lanes over the next two years?
Over the course of the last two years, the Green Lane Project has worked with transportation officials in six select cities — Memphis, Austin, Portland, Chicago, San Francisco and Washington, DC — to build and plan more protected bike lanes. These futuristic bike facilities ensure a relaxed bike ride for folks of all ages, help keep everybody comfortable on the road, and elevate cities’ efforts to build truly contemporary transportation networks.
Thanks in part to technical assistance, educational study tours, and support through the program, city transportation officials have spearheaded new protected lanes throughout Green Lane Project cities. Advocates, in turn, have had the opportunity to work with city staff to encourage and support these projects.
Your community could be part of the Green Lane Project’s second round! PeopleForBikes staff are now looking for a second batch of awesome cities to be a part of the program for the next two years.
On this week’s webinar, program director Martha Roskowski talked about the application process and the criteria for the next six Green Lane cities. If you missed it, check out the recording here.
Alliance Member News
The Georgia Bike Summit was awesome! (Georgia Bikes!)
So was the Harrison and Rockingham Bike-Walk Summit in West Virginia. (Shenandoah Valley Bicycle Coalition)
Bike, walk, vote! State and local elections are right around the corner. Cascade Bicycle Club released their full docket of candidate endorsements, while Minneapolis mayoral candidates offered full-throated support for protected bike lanes.
The Active Transportation Alliance responds to a proposal that people who ride bikes in Chicago pay a licensing fee.
The San Francisco Bicycle Coalition reports another crash in the South of Market neighborhood, adding urgency to their Safe Streets SoMa campaign.
A peek behind the scenes: laying down green paint in San Mateo. (Silicon Valley Bicycle Coalition)
Bike share may come to Los Angeles! (Los Angeles County Bicycle Coalition)
The Bicycle Coalition of Greater Philadelphia is merging with the Cadence Cycling Foundation, a youth education group.
Baltimore City Department of Transportation is planning a road diet on Belair Road. Bikemore says it won’t be complete without bike lanes.
Washington, DC has passed the Bicycle Safety Amendment of 2013. (Washington Area Bicyclist Association)
A new trail in Delaware has been named after former U.S. representative and Delaware governor Mike Castle. (Bike Delaware)
Biking & Walking in the News
A global injustice: more than a quarter of a million people are killed while walking each year. (The Guardian)
The mayor of Paris just converted a highway along the Seine river into walkable public space. (NPR)
New Orleans has a new biking and walking path along the Algiers levee. (Times-Picayune)
Austin, Texas will get a protected bike lane on Guadalupe Street. (City of Austin)
An op-ed writer in the New York Times objects to Citi Bike because the bikes are too blue.
Forget room service – at these ten hotels, order a bike. (CNN)
Given that 20% of global internet users are on Twitter, there are almost definitely people in your area who are tweeting about biking and walking issues. And if your advocacy organization doesn’t have a Twitter presence, you’re missing out on opportunities to join those conversations.
But if you’re not sure how to start tweeting, don’t fret — we’ve got you covered.
Yesterday, the Alliance and the League of American Bicyclists hosted “Twitter 101,” the second in a series of webinars focused on using social media as a way to connect with your consituency and bolster your campaigns. We drilled down into the basics of tweeting — wait, what IS a tweet anyway? — and discussed how to begin building up a network of online supporters.
If you missed the session, check out the slides (PDF) and the recording in the video below.
During the webinar, we had the chance for some great Q&A. Thanks to everybody who tuned in live and asked great questions! There were some issues were weren’t able to address in our allotted time, so here are some quick follow-up items.
First, you can definitely connect Twitter and Facebook. Here’s Twitter’s guide on how to push all of your tweets to your personal Facebook profile or to a page you manage, and here’s Facebook’s tool for pushing your Facebook posts to a Twitter account.
That said, I would argue that it’s actually best not to link your Twitter and Facebook accounts. Here’s why. Twitter and Facebook are very different social networks, with different norms and sets of etiquette. On Twitter, brevity is key, and multiple posts per day are the norm. On Facebook, the image rules, longer posts are A-OK, and folks may get annoyed by a barrage of posts in a single day. Your tweets will likely look out of place on Facebook, and the same is true for the reverse. So I recommend updating the two accounts separately, provided you have the time and staff resources to do so.
This post looks great on Facebook…
...but looks like an unfinished thought on Twitter.
And, for what it’s worth, here’s how I would have modified the original content for a tweet:
Also, you can tweet from a mobile phone even if you don’t have a smartphone. It’s as simple as sending a text message. Here’s Twitter’s guide to tweeting via text.
More social media webinars are on the horizon! To stay up to date, sign up for our weekly email digest about upcoming calls and webinars for biking and walking advocates.
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Alliance Member News
Bike art lovers take note: the San Francisco Bicycle Coalition‘s upcoming auction boasts lovely offerings.
Complete Streets are coming to Houston! (Bike Houston)
Here’s a cool idea: the SLO County Bicycle Coalition is holding an mini-summit to teach concerned citizens to become advocates.
Los Angeles Walks reports that L.A.‘s new mayor is making a major commitment to walking, biking and transit.
The Active Transportation Alliance is fighting hard against a proposed $1.3 billion expressway.
The League of American Bicyclists announced the latest round of bike-friendly communities, and advocates in those areas are thrilled. Check out the enthusiasm from Cleveland, Wisconsin, Illinois, Rhode Island, New York state and Georgia.
Bike Austin opposes a curfew on trails in Austin, TX.
Shake Shack is installing modernist bike racks in Philadelphia! (Bicycle Coalition of Greater Philadelphia)
A new report from Transportation Alternatives highlights the need for greater police enforcement on the traffic violations that pose the most danger to public safety.
Bike share is moving forward in Pittsburgh. (Bike Pittsburgh)
A new directive in Massachusetts will require that future transportation projects are evaluated with modeshift goals in mind. (MassBike)
Biking & Walking in the News
Guerilla activists stencil memorials where children under age 8 were killed by cars this year in New York City. (New York Daily News)
Chicago’s new speed cameras are up and running. (Chicago Tribune)
CitiBikes’s popularity, in four charts. (Business Insider)
Start your own bike share with a keyless bicycle lock. (Atlantic Cities)
How will the United States pay for roads when the gas tax no longer works? (The Economist)
People are taking wedding photos with CitiBike, and the Times is ON IT. (New York Times)
As a social network that captures over 20% of active global internet users, Twitter can be an important tool for biking and walking advocacy. But if you’re stuck scratching your head about retweeting, hashtagging, and following, an introduction may be in order.
For a beginner’s overview on leveraging Twitter for your advocacy organization, join our webinar, “Twitter 101,” tomorrow at 2 PM Eastern time.
In this webinar—the second in a series held by the Alliance for Biking & Walking and the League of American Bicyclists—we’ll break down the basics of tweeting for advocacy. We’ll cover all the basics (What’s a mention? What do RT and MT mean?) and will drill down into cultivating a strong network of online supporters.
Intrigued? Join us tomorrow at 2 PM eastern!
Alliance Member News
Atlanta Streets Alive drew over 80,000 people! (Atlanta Bicycle Coalition)
Advocates test helmets using SCIENCE. And melons. Guess which melon smashes. (Active Transportation Alliance)
Huzzah! Georgia advocates succeded in defeating an bill that would have made it illegal to ride bikes side-by-side. (Georgia Bikes)
The Michigan legislature will soon decide whether bike riders can point right to turn right and legally ride through malfunctioning traffic lights. (League of Michigan Bicyclists)
Without a plan for implementation, San Diego’s bicycle master plan will be just a plan. (BikeSD)
San Francisco has plans to install a new set of “green wave” lights, which are timed at bicycle speed. (San Francisco Bicycle Coalition)
El Monte, CA has approved the city’s first bikeway. (BikeSGV)
Cascade has appointed Ed Ewing as the Seattle organization’s first Director of Diversity & Inclusion. (Cascade)
The California Bicycle Coalition recounts the extraordinary story of how the San Francisco Bicycle Coalition closed the case on a deadly crash and tackled police enforcement issues.
Mayoral candidates and city council candidates have been answering advocates’ questions about transportation. Check out completed questionnaires from Calgary and Pittsburgh, plus a new questionnaire in Tucson.
Biking & Walking in the News
Millennials — even those with kids — are driving less and biking, walking and taking transit more. (USA Today)
Language check! Reasons not to call bike riders “cyclists.” (Bike Portland)
Profiles of women of color who ride bikes in the Twin Cities. (Twin Cities Daily Planet)
Pittsburgh’s southernmost neighborhoods have been starved for bike infrastructure. (Pittsburgh Post-Gazette)
How can local businesses bring more money in the door? The answer might be more frequent open streets.
A recent study from UCLA’s Luskin Center found that local Los Angeles businesses made 10% more in sales during the June 2013 CicLAvia than during typical Sundays. And businesses that actively participated in the Open Streets event — with vending tables out front, music or signage — saw a phenomenal 57% sales boost.
All told, researchers found that CicLAvia caused a total sales revenue increase of $52,444 across the 128 establishments in the area.
CicLAvia’s strong economic impact makes good sense: Open Streets bring thousands of potential customers to business districts. With folks moving at a walking or biking pace, it’s no surprise that people find new shops and restaurants that they enjoy.
Researchers think their work spell a clear lesson businesses along upcoming Open Streets routes. “The results tell us that local business seeking to maximize profits during CicLAvia should consider CicLAvia engagement strategies such expanding the business closer to the street with a booth, music, or CicLAvia signage,” said Colleen Callahan, deputy director of the Luskin Center.
Notably, this is the first economic impact study to measure the link between local business sales and Open Streets. Previous studies have found that Open Streets attendees report opening their wallets to local businesses. In 2011, 78% of participants in St. Louis’ Open Streets said they spent money at a local business, while 68% learned about a new store or restaurant. In Louisville these numbers were 70% and 47%, respectively. But this study has been the first to survey the businesses themselves, rather than attendees, adding a key study to the growing body of literature on Open Streets’ economic impacts. Keep an eye out in the next few months for an even more comprehensive study coming out of San Francisco.
Luskin Center researchers note that CicLAvia’s economic impact is likely even greater than their study suggests. “These numbers demonstrate positive gains for local businesses, but they underestimate the event’s overall economic impact,” said J.R. DeShazo, director of the UCLA Luskin Center for Innovation and principal investigator of the study.
This particular study’s numbers don’t account for mobile vendors like food trucks, which could have accounted for another $50,000 in sales. The study also didn’t count businesses that are normally closed on Sundays and therefore saw 100% increases in sales.
Alliance Member News
Above: Walking superheroes protect the right of citizens to walk safely in LA. (Los Angeles Walks)
The government shutdown means closure for federally managed biking routes and trails around the country, like Ballards Lock in Seattle and many paths in the Greater Washington, DC area. (Cascade Bicycle Club, Washington Area Bicyclist Association)
New leaders ahoy! Bicycle Federation of Wisconsin will soon welcome former two-term Madison mayor Dave Cieslewicz as their new Executive Director, while Minneapolis Bicycle Coalition welcomes Ethan Fawley as their first Executive Director.
San Francisco advocates are calling for fair treatment by the police. (San Fracisco Bicycle Coalition)
Advocates in Greenville, NC will work on the city’s first bicycle and pedestrian master plan. (Bike Walk Greenville)
Congrats to the Atlanta Bicycle Coalition and East Bay Bicycle Coalition for receiving Community Grants from PeopleForBikes! (PeopleForBikes)
Philly advocates will offer two women’s-only Urban Riding Basics classes. Cool! (Bicycle Coalition of Greater Philadelphia)
A new poll in New York shows that a strong majority of voters (and drivers) support protected bike lanes and pedestrian islands. (Transportation Alternatives)
Adorable new coloring books about walking in Kansas City. (Bike Walk KC)
Michigan is considering vulnerable roadway user legislation. (League of Michigan Bicyclists)
Biking & Walking in the News
Lincoln, NE has plans to build a protected bike lane. (Journal Star)
Our friends at the Adventure Cycling Association are proud to announce, in conjunction with Toole Design Group, the brand new U.S. Bicycle Route System Best Practices Guide (PDF).
Ginny Sullivan, Director of Travel Initiatives at Adventure Cycling, has more details on the new resource to improve bicycle touring routes throughout the United States.
This guide provides planning, designation, and promotion models developed using the lessons learned from over eight years of system implementation and feedback. It outlines state challenges, opportunities, and solutions for all stages of implementation.
One of our main goals in developing the guide was to gauge basic awareness of the U.S. Bicycle Route System (USBRS) within Departments of Transportation (DOTs). Our survey of state DOTs proved exciting: forty-seven states plus the District of Columbia answered the survey (for various reasons, California, Hawaii and Montana opted not to answer).
Results showed that 83% were very aware of the USBRS and all were at least “somewhat” aware. In addition, a majority of states were aware of the tools and resources on our website and 81% said they have done some work to implement a U.S. Bike Route in their state.
To assemble the report, we also surveyed a small group of active advocacy organizations and volunteers, then developed case studies using the most interesting models and implementation methods.
An additional case study analyzed rural bicycle level of service (BLOS) measures. Because the original BLOS model was intended to evaluate bicycling conditions on city streets, rural conditions require a separate set of criteria. Toole Design highlighted several methods for evaluating roads, including a rural BLOS developed by the Kentucky Transportation Cabinet, and provided helpful recommendations.
If you’re working on bicycle route implementation — especially in rural areas — be sure to check out this new report at www.adventurecycling.org/USBRSBestPractices.
In This Issue:
It sounds like a no-brainer: outfitting communities for better biking and walking can be an elegant solution to prevent chronic health problems like heart disease and diabetes. But how can advocates help public officials measure just how much built environment projects and policies affects public health?
Enter health impact assessments (HIAs). These formal assessments are important tools to help communities fully understand the health implications of transportation facilities, policies and programs. HIAs bring public health issues to the forefront so that planners and policymakers outside the public health world can incorporate everyday wellness into the built environment.
On a recent Alliance Mutual Aid Call, planners and health practitioners discussed how advocates and officials can use health impact assessments to boost biking and walking. Check out the below notes for an overview of all we discussed.
Alliance members can also listen to a call recording and see additional resources from the panelists in the Resources Library.
When it came to Climate Ride, I really didn’t think I could do it.
I didn’t think I could bike 300 miles. I didn’t think I could muster the strength to propel my 1980’s steel road bike up and down all those hills in eastern Pennsylvania. I didn’t think I could raise $2,400 on my own, the minimum amount to participate in the ride.
Despite all this, I signed up for Climate Ride to test my own abilities and to raise money to support active transportation advocacy. As it turns out, that was a great decision. The ride was full of passionate folks working on awesome issues who, for various reasons, had decided to drop everything and ride for five days to support a cause they love.
And, hills be damned, we made it all the way from New York City to Washington, DC.
For those who are unfamiliar, Climate Ride is an organization that leads two fully supported bike trips each year to raise awareness and funds for climate protection and bicycle advocacy. Since 2008, the ride has engaged hundreds of riders from across the nation who, instead of simply opening their wallets, raise money from friends and colleagues, which is directed to a number of nonprofit groups that work on renewable energy and active transportation issues. For the past five years, Climate Ride has led two rides each year—one in California and one from New York City to Washington, DC—and has raised hundreds of thousands of dollars for nonprofits like the Alliance for Biking & Walking.
Geraldine Carter and Caeli Quinn, Climate Ride’s two rockstar founders, do an exceptional job of organizing a team to create a fun, engaging, and even luxurious experience out of the challenging multi-day ride. The vistas alone were well worth the sweat we expended on giant hills: every day, we savored stunning views of big, open sky covering patchwork farms, picturesque grain silos and Amish garments stretched out on clotheslines.
Each night, all two hundred riders cozied up in rural retreat centers and off-season summer camps to enjoy hearty meals and engaging talks from folks working in climate advocacy and sustainable transportation. And on the final day, we pedaled triumphantly along the National Mall to the Capitol Building, ready to speak with our elected officials about the importance of passing legislation to ensure a sustainable future.
Perhaps the best part of Climate Ride, though, is that individual riders’ fundraising dollars go towards supporting great causes. This year, the top fundraising teams for both Climate Ride events were local members of the Alliance for Biking & Walking — on the California ride, the Los Angeles County Bicycle Coalition‘s team raised the most funds, while the Washington Area Bicyclist Association brought in the most dollars on the East Coast ride. Each organization will receive a generous portion of the funds that their teams raised for the ride — a major win for local bike advocacy.
Six riders chose to support the Alliance for Biking & Walking with their fundraising, and it was also great to see all of the state and local biking and walking organizations represented among the ride’s beneficiaries. Riders who had pledged to support New York City’s Transportation Alternatives, New Jersey Bike + Walk Coalition, Chicago’s Active Transportation Alliance, Bike New York, Boston Cyclists Union and more were pedaling not only to push their own limits, but to support causes that make a real difference in their communities.
Way to go, Climate Riders!
Want to be a part of Climate Ride next year? It’s not too early to register for the May 2014 California ride or the September 2014 NYC - DC ride. Please consider choosing to support the Alliance for Biking & Walking and your state or local bike advocacy organization!
By Ken McLeod, cross-posted from the Advocacy Advance blog
Last week the American Community Survey (ACS) released new data showing how people commute to work. This latest data, estimating commutes to work in 2012, shows that non-motorized commutes are on the increase, but walking commuters are not experiencing the same increases as biking.
I looked at the 50 largest cities (in 2005) and found that walking commutes, as a percent of all commutes, have increased by 16.2% since 2005. In the same time period biking commutes have increased by 68.4% in those same cities. Overall, between 2005 and 2012, these non-motorized commutes have increased 25.6%.
In many large cities, there are more people who commute by walking than by biking, which may account for the smaller percent increase. For example, there are 11 large cities with a higher share of commutes by walking than share of commutes by bicycle in Portland, the large city with the highest share of commutes by bicycle, with 6.1%. Since walking commutes are more prevalent they also have greater explanatory power for non-motorized commutes as a whole.
Many cities have made great progress in increasing walking commutes, including Charlotte, North Carolina, where our current Transportation Secretary, Anthony Foxx, used to be mayor. Between 2005 and 2012, commutes by walking increased 57% and 23.8% between 2011 and 2012. Hopefully his experience with this great improvement will inform his time at the Department of Transportation and translate into efforts to replicate that success in new places.
The ACS data only counts a commute as a particular mode if that mode is used for the majority of the commute. This makes multi-modal commutes, which may incorporate significant amounts of walking, represented as only one mode. The ACS is a major data source used by communities throughout the nation to plan investments and services. These figures estimate the number of commutes that take place by all modes of transportation, and do not estimate non-commute trips. The National Household Transportation Survey estimates what modes of transportation are used for all trips.
If you would like to see the data for the 50 largest cities, please send an email to email@example.com.
Ballot measures have become an integral part of transportation finance, particularly to provide a local match for federal dollars. Bicycle and pedestrian advocacy organizations around the countries are looking towards ballot measures in improving transportation choices and investments. With a 79 percent victory rate in 2012, voters are telling their governments that transportation matters – and they’re willing to pay for it.
Advocacy Advance’s new report, “Success at the Ballot Box: Winning Bicycle and Pedestrian Ballot Measures” explores winning ballot measure campaigns and trends that include active transportation components.
In this report, Advocacy Advance takes a look at some examples of how bicycle and pedestrian advocates across the country are getting involved or leading ballot measure campaigns to improve transportation choices and investment.
This past weekend, Montana advocates traveled up to 8 hours to attend the Alliance’s most recent Winning Campaigns Training in Helena, and left inspired and prepared to improve walking and biking in communities around the state.
“This training empowered me to frame our issue into an achievable goal. The process truly leads you through steps to building a solid campaign,” said Taylor Lonsdale, board president of Bike Walk Montana.
One of the country’s most recently-formed statewide group, Bike Walk Montana has already made great strides. From a strategic planning process with the Alliance to a statewide bike summit in March to getting the state to commit to not transferring funding out of the Transportation Alternatives Program to riding bikes with the new DOH Director, it has been a busy year for the organization’s board and executive director Melinda Barnes.
And it’s not going to slow down. Workshop participants created campaign plans for a large trail extension, a university curriculum, a regional growth plan update and a dedicated state funding source for biking and walking projects. “I am equipped to win the active transportation campaign in my town!” exclaimed Laura Holmlund from River Stone Health. Laura is working with communities around the state on the implementation of a Community Transformation Grant, aimed to create safe and health communities to walk and bike.
One of those communities is Glendive. A sixteen-hour round-trip drive from Helena, Glendive is a town on the border of North Dakota that is seeing major growth from the rise of natural gas drilling. Dana Burns, from the town’s Public Works Department, attended the workshop to learn how to incorporate sustainable and active transportation in the region’s growth plan update. He came under the authority of Glendive’s mayor, but left as Bike Walk Montana’s (likely) newest board member.
“This was an eye-opening training that helped me to realize that the one you think is in control really isn’t,” said Dana, “and I learned how to influence that person.”
Power-mapping is one of the stages of campaign development, and an essential one for advocates to learn how to target their efforts to the person who actually has the power to make the change they seek.
The Alliance is currently accepting applications to host a Winning Campaigns Training in 2014 until September 30. In response to popular demand, training grantees will have the option to request a customized training that focuses on a single event for the hosting organization.
Have you heard? Bike advocacy is cool. And bike advocates are REALLY cool.
That’s the premise of Bicycling Magazine’s feature on thirteen innovators who are working to make the world a better place for riding. The magazine has taken a turn to focus more on everyday riding for transportation and bike advocacy — a change in tone that we’re really excited about.
For this latest spread, we couldn’t be happier to see several leaders from Alliance member organizations share the spotlight in this most recent feature.
Among Bicycling’s thirteen innovative advocates were Robin Stallings of BikeTexas, Helen Ho of Recycle-A-Bicycle, Nelle Pierson of WABA and Melody Moody of Bike Walk Mississippi. Congratulations, all!
Alliance Member News
How to use Denver’s first buffered bike lane. (Bike Denver)
80+ Alliance member organizations signed on to a letter to the US DOT to encourage the Department to better incorporate bicycling and walking into their strategic plan. (Bicycle Alliance of Washington, Alliance for Biking & Walking)
...And Bike Delaware sent their own great letter. (Bike Delaware)
As part of Atlanta Bicycle Coalition’s campaign to build a protected bike lane on Peachtree Street, advocates have comissioned an economic impact and parking assesment for the area and are encouraging folks to shop and dine by bike on the corridor. (Atlanta Bicycle Coalition)
Rawr! Advocates in Lee County, Florida are thrilled to announce TIGER funding for their MPO’s Complete Streets initiative. (Bike Walk Lee)
MassBike is holding Bikeable Communities Trainings for potential new advocates around the state. (MassBike)
PGH bike sharing is coming soon! A Pittsburgh paper released a map of proposed stations. (Bike Pittsburgh)
Chicago will hold its first ever Car Free Week, featuring cool prizes for auto-free commuters. (Active Transportation Alliance)
Movin’ on up: congrats to Minneapolis Bicycle Coalition for hiring Ethan Fawley as their first Executive Director! (Minneapolis Bicycle Coalition)
San Francisco will build a protected or buffered bike lane on Folsom Street, where a young woman was tragically killed while riding. (San Francisco Bicycle Coalition)
Will California Governor Jerry Brown sign a 3-foot passing law? (SLO County Bicycle Coalition)
Now there’s a patch worth earning. Philly advocates are partnering with the Girl Scouts to offer a Girls Bike patch. (Bicycle Coalition of Greater Philadelphia)
Biking & Walking in the News
CitiBike’s blue hue was the most popular color at Fashion Week in New York. (WNYC)
A new study from the Arizona Department of Transportation shows that bicycling brings $202 million to the state. Featuring a quote from Living Streets Alliance president Emily Yetman! (AZ Daily Star)
Volunteers from the Hawai’i Bicycling League are performing bike counts in Hawai’i. (KITV news)
The Georgia Department of Transportation is hard at work implementing their new Complete Streets policy. (WSBTV)
Reporters ride bikes! (Current)
Last week, the US Department of Transportation released their draft strategic plan, a document that will determine how the DOT will manage the United States’ transportation over the next five years. But there was a slight problem: the plan lacked vision for bicycling and walking. Rather than proposing new methods to create walkable, bikable communities, the plan focuses on status quo operations to perpetuate an unsafe and inequitable transportation system.
So state and local biking and walking advocacy organizations in the United States kicked into high gear. With help and policy recommendations from our friends at the League of American Bicyclists and the Safe Routes to School National Partnership, state and local advocates joined onto a letter asking the US DOT to incorporate real strategic reforms for better biking and walking in the U.S.
In a resounding show of support, over 80 organizations signed on. That’s 80+ diverse organizations from all over the U.S., pushing for real strategic reforms to the way our government approaches transportation planning.
Here’s what we told the US DOT:
Check out our full comments to the DOT — and the diverse list of organizations that jumped on board — below, or click here to view the PDF.
Health impact assessments (HIAs) can be important tools when planning for bicycle and pedestrian facilities. In a transportation decision-making process, HIAs bring public health issues to the forefront so that planners and policymakers outside the public health world can incorporate everyday wellness into the built environment. On this call, planners and health practitioners discussed how advocates and officials can use health impact assessments to boost biking and walking.
This back-to-school season, snapping a photo of biking or walking with kids could win you a gorgeous new Breezer bicycle.
You already knew about our back-to-school photo contest with Streetsblog, but you were probably waiting to submit until you knew what the prizes were.
Well, the wait is over! The photographers who submit the two best pictures of car-free kid transportation will win Breezer Downtown EX or EX - ST bikes. These gorgeous steel bikes come outfitted for city riding, with a rear rack to carry your stuff, full fenders to keep you dry, and eight gears to get you up those pesky hills.
The Executive Director assumes primary responsibility for leading the Des Moines Bicycle Collective in fulfillment of its mission and vision, including management of fundraising administration, programs and activities, ensuring staff capacity, coordinating activities with the Board of Directors, and overseeing the organization’s finances.
1.Lead staff, Board, volunteers, and other key stakeholders in fulfilling mission and adhering to strategic plan. Includes supervision of employees, contractors, and volunteers who manage programs, the community bike shop, B-cycle, and fundraising. Critical focus in the coming years will be on translating our mission, vision, and values into annual action plans, defining and measuring success targets, and prioritizing and solving key organizational challenges.
2.Work with the Board to develop annual fundraising goals and oversee implementation of strategies to achieve them. Play an active, leading role in engaging with current and prospective institutional and individual donors. Oversee revenue generation through bike shop and B-cycle. Manage cash flow and expenses and prepare monthly reports.
3.Oversee all programs, including shop, membership, classes and workshops, bicycle education outreach, B-cycle (bike sharing), Central Iowa Bike Month, valet bike parking, Open Streets, and special events such as Clips Beer and Film Festival, and Urban Assault Challenge.
4.Manage operations, including HR policies & procedures, payroll and benefits, insurance, taxes, and oversight of bookkeeper’s work with payables, receivables, and financial records.
5.Supervise, mentor, and inspire staff; ensure a healthy work environment that attracts, maintains, and motivates high-quality staff. Develop annual staff review process that is aligned with our mission and values, schedule and conduct meetings and retreats as appropriate, and ensure staff-member effectiveness.
6.Support and inspire the Board. Develop materials and reports for monthly Board meetings. Facilitate ongoing awareness and application of nonprofit best practices.
7.Ensure that Des Moines Bicycle Collective maintains a visible and vibrant presence in the community by fostering collaboration with partner organizations and speaking passionately in public forums. Maintain a strong organizational image.
•Undergraduate degree or equivalent work experience in the bike industry or a nonprofit
•Communication skills – writing and public speaking
•Computer skills – word processing, spreadsheet, database management, graphics and web development desired
•Grant writing and fundraising
•Nonprofit program or agency management knowledge and experience
•Experience with bicycle education, advocacy, and bike maintenance
$40,000-$60,000 annually depending on experience
E-mail applications preferred. We welcome a one-page cover letter
Whee! Silicon Valley Bicycle Coalition led an inaugural Bay Area Bike Share ride. (Sillicon Valley Bicycle Coalition)
After 24-year-old cyclist Amelie Le Moullac was struck by a truck and killed, the San Francisco Bicycle Coalition raised concerns about lackluster police response. But after Marc Caswell found footage of the crash from a nearby business, the police have confirmed that the driver was at fault. (San Francisco Bicycle Coalition)
Denver welcomes a new protected bike lane. (Bike Denver)
San Diego says goodbye to a bike-friendly mayor. (Bike SD)
Most compelling membership pitch ever? (Active Transportation Alliance)
Victory! Amtrak will allow bikes on the Blue Water line. (Leage of Michigan Bicyclists)
From the messaging department: good public transportation means freedom, opportunity, and autonomy. (Mode Shift Omaha)
With a super bike friendly mayor about to step down, Beantown advocates are doing a mayoral survey on bike issues. Check out the video! (Boston Cyclists Union)
Results are in from the Maryland DOT’s bicycle and pedestrian survey. (Bikemore)
Elizabeth Kiker, formerly the executive vice president at the League, will join Cascade as their executive director. (Cascade Bicycle Club)
Some well-earned local TV coverage of Bike Pittsburgh on their new publicity campaign. (CBS Pittsburgh)
Divvy, Chicago’s bike share program, is partnering with a dating service. (Chicagoist)
Are we approaching an e-bike revolution? (Atlantic Cities)
New York’s all-powerful bike lobby has chosen a mayoral candidate. (WNYC)
The number of drivers who say they feel road rage has doubled. (Washington Post)
Bikes are the best way to patrol a neighborhood. (Minneapolis Star Tribune)
The Alliance is teaming up with Streetsblog to jointly sponsor a back-to-school photo contest! Send us your photos of car-free kiddie transport and street life for the under-12 set.
To enter: Email your pictures as a JPG or PNG file to photocontest (at) peoplepoweredmovement (dot) org with the subject line “Kids + Cities Photo Contest.” Photos should be high-resolution (at least 1,600 pixels wide or tall, if a vertical image), without watermarks. Please submit no more than 10 photos for this contest. In the body of the email, provide your name, address, telephone number, email address, and photo caption. Please submit your images in as few emails as possible.
Deadline: Friday, September 20 at 5:00 p.m Eastern time. Streetsblog and Alliance staff will pick 10 finalists and post them for our readers to choose the winners.
Permission: Taking pictures of people — even children — in a public place is legal and does not require permission. That said, we encourage you to ask permission as a courtesy when taking pictures of other people’s kids.
Rules: Employees (and family members of employees) of the Alliance for Biking & Walking, Streetsblog, and our parent organization, OpenPlans, aren’t eligible for this contest. Your submission constitutes your guarantee that the photograph is an original work created by you alone. Normal photo editing is fine, but please, no photo-shopping that alters the content of the photo.
By submitting photos to this contest, you are authorizing the Alliance for Biking & Walking to place your photo into the Alliance’s online Flickr photo library for use by the Alliance, Streetsblog, and Alliance member organizations for charitable purposes related to bike and pedestrian advocacy.
Prizes: More information coming soon!
The Alliance is pleased to announce that applications are now open for our 2014 Winning Campaigns Trainings. Through a competitive process, we will select up to six communities to hold this must-attend training. All proposals must be submitted by September 30.
Smiling faces at the 2013 Winning Campaigns Training in Minneapolis, Minnesota
The Winning Campaigns Training is the signature training offered by the Alliance. Our proven curriculum helps biking and walking advocates choose, plan, and win various types of campaigns such as infrastructure improvements, complete streets, share the road campaigns, key legislation, and more. The training gives advocates the tools to craft and manage powerful campaigns. After two and a half days of fun and inspiring work with other leaders and advocacy experts, all participants will have developed an action-ready campaign blueprint and plan to implement and win their campaign.
This is your opportunity to bring national bicycle and pedestrian advocates to your region to train your staff, board, volunteers, and other allies on how to win biking and walking campaigns in your community. In addition, you’ll have the chance to highlight your local/state successes and address your challenges, while sharing and learning from other advocates. Host organizations gain great exposure locally, regionally, and nationally. The Alliance awards a stipend to host organizations in recognition of the assistance they provide in creating a successful training.
The New York Bicycling Coalition hosted a training this summer. “WCT gives your organizations the tools and knowledge you need to win for biking and walking,” said Executive Director Josh Wilson.
New This Year: Customized Trainings
In response to popular demand and following a successful 2013 pilot, the Alliance will offer a new kind of Winning Campaigns Training in 2014. Training grantees will have the option to request a customized training that focuses on a single campaign for the hosting organization. For more details, e-mail Training@PeoplePoweredMovement.org.
To send a proposal, download the instructions (PDF) and application (DOC), fill out the application form, and e-mail it back to Training@PeoplePoweredMovement.org. All proposals must be submitted by Monday, September 30. Any questions or request for feedback can be e-mailed to Training@PeoplePoweredMovement.org by September 27.
We look forward to your proposals and working together to create successful trainings to advance pedestrian and bicycle advocacy in your community.
Invest in biking and walking advocacy where it matters most... on the ground!
U.S. Federal Transportation Policy Briefing --Call on March 11
Twitter for Media Relations --Call on March 19
Collaborating with Health Stakeholders --Call on March 26
03/07/2014 - This Week in Biking & Walking
03/04/2014 - Consider Biking Wins Biking & Walking Vacation
03/04/2014 - Congratulations to the 2014 Advocacy Award Winners!