1975 Schwinn Continental

1975 Schwinn Continental
This is the bike before most of the restoration work - click to view full-size

Monday, December 24, 2012

Give the gift of a joyful bike ride

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From: "Bruno Maier, PeopleForBikes.org" <info@peopleforbikes.org>
Date: Dec 24, 2012 7:46 AM
Subject: Give the gift of a joyful bike ride
To: "Daniel Stafford" <aquarianm@gmail.com>

Get a bike for you and another to give.

Dear Daniel, 

Here's one simple fact: bikes make life better. Our collection of stories from hundreds of riders proves that hopping on a bike is a ticket to better health and happier days.  

This holiday, you can join PeopleForBikes.org in giving the gift of riding to all Americans. Your donation will help our programs, including the Green Lane Project and the Safe Routes to School Partnership, bring the simple joy of a bike ride to millions of children, parents, and grandparents across the country.  

Click here to donate now!

Bikes made these lives better

Poor bicycling conditions prevent many Americans from riding more often…or even getting on a bike at all. Odds are, you have family and friends who are missing out on the improved health and lowered stress that comes from a bike ride. Wouldn't you love it if every one of them could experience the joy that bicycling brings to you?

Click here to donate now!

CAMPAIGN UPDATE: if you donate $50 or more, you'll be entered to win a Trek Madone 3.1 bike for yourself…and a second Madone bike to give to a friend! Donate $25 or more and we'll send you a sweet PFB bike bell.


Enjoy the holidays,

Bruno Maier, PeopleForBikes.org

 Get outside and ride!
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Wednesday, December 19, 2012

Press Release: Mary Lauran Hall to Join the Alliance as Communications Manager

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For Immediate Release

Contact: Jeffrey Miller 


Alliance for Biking & Walking

(202) 445-4415

Mary Lauran Hall to Join Alliance for Biking & Walking 
as Communications Manager 

Washington, DC - December 19, 2012 - The Alliance for Biking & Walking

is pleased to welcome Mary Lauran Hall as our new Communications Manager. Hall will begin supporting communications for the coalition of more than 200 North American bicycling and walking advocacy groups starting on January 2, 2013.

Mary Lauran Hall will assume the role of Communications Manager in January 2013


Hall comes to the Alliance from America Bikes - the coalition of national bike advocacy organizations working to ensure an increased role for bicycling - where she organized press outreach, social media, web site development, and strategic communications.  She will continue to work with and support the America Bikes coalition for communications and other coalition coordination. 


"Mary Lauran has played many important roles at America Bikes, including some important coordination with state and local leaders and organizations on the Federal transportation reauthorization and subsequent education and guidance," said Jeffrey Miller, President / CEO of the Alliance for Biking & Walking. "She has worked closely with the board of America Bikes and many other leaders of national organizations and Alliance organizations. It's clear that Mary Lauran has gained a strong appreciation for the work of the Alliance and our members in making improvements on the ground and influencing national campaigns. I am delighted that Mary Lauran will be joining our staff team and bringing her communications skills, social media savvy, analytical experience and passion for our movement."


"Congratulations to Mary Lauran on her new role," said Caron Whitaker, Vice President of Government Relations at the League of America Bicyclists (formerly Campaign Director at America Bikes.) "One of Mary Lauran's main tenets has been that we better connect with local advocacy, ensuring that we are communicating and working in sync. I am pleased to know that her passion and savvy will stay with the bicycling and walking movement as she moves over to the Alliance. I am personally thrilled that Mary Lauran and I will continue to work together as part of the America Bikes coalition."


In the coming year, the Alliance will continue its work to create better communities for biking and walking by building the capacity of state and local advocacy organizations and by engaging grassroots leaders in national campaigns. For more information and to get involved, visit www.PeoplePoweredMovement.org.

About the Alliance for Biking & Walking:

The Alliance for Biking & Walking is the coalition of more than 200 state and local bicycle and pedestrian organizations working together to promote bicycling and walking in North American communities. The Alliance strengthens and unites state and local organizations through research, sharing best practices, training, resources, and grants. For more information or to find a local organization visit www.PeoplePoweredMovement.org.



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Thursday, December 13, 2012

Do you remember?

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Date: Dec 13, 2012 10:58 AM
Subject: Do you remember?
To: "Daniel Stafford" <aquarianm@gmail.com>


Donate today and get a PFB bell


Dear Daniel,

kid in green lane

Do you remember getting your first bike? You couldn't wait to get outside and ride. You immediately felt the joy and exhilaration of your feet pedaling and your heart pumping. You knew-—you knew!-—that this was the best present ever.

This holiday season, millions of American children will receive shiny new bicycles from parents and grandparents. Sadly, many kids won't find safe places to ride. So they won't. Too many of these new bikes will be stored away and forgotten, and few of our children will ever know the happiness and independence of a childhood spent on two wheels.

Since the 1960s, the share of U.S. children who bike or walk to school has dropped from 50% to less than 15%. Today, just 5% ride a bike on any given day. Our kids are missing out on bicycling at a time when they need it most. Physical activity levels are falling and obesity rates are skyrocketing.

Your donation to PeopleForBikes.org will help reverse this dangerous trend. Your gift will make bicycling an activity that everyone—from 8-year-old children to 80-year-old grandparents—can enjoy safely. Through our Green Lane Project, we'll build and inspire the networks of protected bike lanes and paths our neighborhoods so desperately need.

GIVE TODAY, because getting American children active, healthy, and confident through bicycling is critically important to our future!




Bruno Maier, PeopleForBikes.org

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Monday, December 3, 2012

Streetside E-News: December 2012

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December 2012 - In This Issue
Advocacy Advance Trainings Set Communities Up for Success
Nominate Your Favorite Advocates Today
Winning Campaigns Coming to Minneapolis
Submit Your Benchmarking Surveys by Dec 14
Join Us to Boost Biking and Walking in 2013
2012 VBT Trip Winner Going to Machu Picchu
Promote Active Transportation: Join the 2013 Climate Ride
Upcoming Mutual Aid Calls
Good Luck, Jake!
Advocacy Advance Trainings Set Communities Up for Success

Advocacy Advance has had a big year. The eight communities that have hosted Action 2020 Workshops have allocated a total of over $10 million in funding for biking and walking.  


Read the story of their success on the Advocacy Advance blog.


Technical assistance and trainings like the new Navigating MAP-21 Workshops are designed to help you and your community benefit from the federal funding opportunities available for biking and walking. 


Advocacy Advance will be announcing the training schedule for winter 2013 soon, so be on the lookout for these free one-day trainings in a community near you!


Advocacy Advance is also working with partners to maximize bike/ped funding in each state through the Navigating MAP-21 program. To get involved in your state Navigating MAP-21 campaign, make contact with your state lead.


The team just hosted another webinar this past week on the USDOT's Guidance on MAP-21, and you can access the materials from that presentation. Also, register for the upcoming Navigating MAP-21 Webinar "How Metropolitan Planning Organizations Plan for and Fund Bicycling and Walking Investments."


Nominate Your Favorite Advocates Today! 


bike texas at 2012 advocacy awards
Bike Texas received the 2012 
Innovation Award
Since 2009, the Alliance has honored the work of the the outstanding leaders and organizations that make up the biking and walking movement with our annual Advocacy Awards.


Through December 18, you can nominate  the advocates and organizations that have made a difference in your life.


We recognize advocates with five different awards, and you can nominate your favorite candidates in all five categories. 


Submit your nominations today for:

  • Advocate of the Year
  • Advocacy Organization of the Year
  • Winning Campaign of the Year
  • Business Advocate of the Year
  • Susie Stephens Joyful Enthusiasm Award
For more information about the awards, visit our Awards page.
Have an organization or person in mind? Great! Submit your nominations for each of the categories. The Alliance will be accepting nominations until December 18, 2012. Winners will be announced at the Advocacy Awards Reception on March 4, 2013, during the National Bike Summit.


Click here to nominate the advocates pushing for change in your community!


Winning Campaigns 2013: Sign Up Today
We've got five opportunities in 2013 for you to learn the best techniques for planning and executing successful biking and walking campaigns. 
Attend the Alliance's signature Winning Campaigns Training, and you learn how to boost the impact of your organization and chalk up new victories for biking and walking in your community.

The Alliance's Winning Campaigns Training is coming to Minneapolis before the spring thaw and following up with trainings in Cleveland and Athens, GA, as the weather warms up.

Register for a training near you, or make the trip to one of these destinations:
Sign up TODAY to receive the discounted rate of just $75 for members. See you at a training in 2013!

Submit Your Benchmarking Surveys by Dec 14
As part of the ongoing benchmarking project, Alliance staff has sent out the next round of surveys requesting data from all 50 states and the 50 most populous cities in the U.S. These surveys are an important component of the biennial Bicycling and Walking in the United States: Benchmarking Report.
December 14, 2012 is the due date to submit your state or city survey for inclusion in the upcoming 2014 Benchmarking Report. If you have any questions or difficulty completing the survey, contact Andrea Milne at  Andrea@PeoplePoweredMovement.org as soon as possible.

You may notice that the surveys look a bit different this time around. The Alliance teamed up with the League for American Bicyclists to combine our requests to states for biking and walking data, asking our contacts to complete one survey instead of two. The combined state survey is now integrated into the LAB's Bicycle Friendly States application, which is an entirely online format, eliminating redundancy and streamlining the data collection process.


City surveys have also been improved to an editable PDF form, which automatically collects survey responses into a spreadsheet once submitted - saving time and reducing the risk of data input errors.

Thank you to all of the state and local officials and advocates that help make the Alliance Benchmarking Report a "Bike-Ped State of the Union." This information is not currently collected by any other organization in such a comprehensive way, and it serves as a foundation to advance the People Powered Movement across the country.

If you have any questions about the 2014 Benchmarking Survey, contact Andrea Milne at Andrea@PeoplePoweredMovement.org.

Join Us to Boost Biking and Walking in 2013

It's simple: Take a walk. Ride a bike. 


Alliance organizations across North America have been showing decision makers and the public that these two solutions are good for business, good for the environment and good for people.


Our People Powered Movement continues to grow, and we're stronger now than we have ever been before. More than 200 Alliance member organizations are on the ground pushing for improved policies and infrastructure that promote the culture of active transportation across the continent. The Alliance exists to help state and local advocacy organizations succeed.

When you support the Alliance, you simultaneously boost biking and walking in communities across North America. Additionally, the Alliance works to nurture new advocates and build organizations in communities without a formal advocacy presence.


In addition to knowing that your gift amplifies the advocacy efforts of groups across North America, you can also win big!


Donate to the Alliance by December 31st, 2012, and you'll be entered into a drawing to win a VBT Bicycling and Walking Vacations tour good for any trip in the U.S. (a $2,245 value). 


Organizations, renew your membership or join for the first time, and you'll also be entered into a drawing for a VBT tour and other fabulous prizes you can use in fundraising.
Thank you to our members and supporters for being part of the Alliance for Biking & Walking!
2012 VBT Trip Winner Going to Machu Picchu
 VBTNext April, our VBT Bicycling and Walking Vacations tour winner David Lamb and his wife will be hiking the ancient ruins of Machu Picchu and the Sacred Valley in Peru. 

The couple's first ever VBT trip will include eight days of cross-cultural experiences, breathtaking vistas and hiking through the Andes in the footsteps of the Inca. And, as with all 
VBT tours, the world travelers don't have to hassle with making reservations for travel, food or accommodations.

"VBT has been great to work with," says David. "They went above and beyond simply applying the value of a U.S. tour to our trip. The customer service for first-time VBT travelers like us has been great."


Machu Picchu walking tour, 
photo courtesy of VBT

David has pledged to become a lifelong supporter of the Alliance's work. "I'm an avid bicyclist, and I support the Alliance for its mission," says David. "I have also known Jeff Miller for a long time, and I really admire his dedication."


"It's not like the lottery," says David. "When you  make a gift to the Alliance, you know for sure someone is going to win a vacation like this."


Make your gift to the Alliance before December 31st, and you'll be entered into a drawing to win a fabulous VBT Bicycling and Walking Vacation tour good for any trip in the U.S. (worth up to $2,245) - or you can do what David did and apply the value of the trip you win to one of VBT's outstanding bicycling and walking tours abroad.


Congratulations again to David, and we know your trip to Peru will be an outstanding, once-in-a-lifetime experience! I hope we'll all get to see some pictures from your trip next spring.


Promote Active Transportation: Join the 2013 Climate Ride
Investments in biking and walking are critical to meeting the transportation and energy challenges of the 21st century. Show your support for the advocates that push those investments by signing up for the 2013 Climate Ride, and ride for the Alliance! 

Climate Ride supports sustainability, renewable energy, and bicycle advocacy with two rides each year. Join Climate Riders for the California ride from May 19-23, 2013, or ride from New York City to Washington, DC September 21-25, 2013. Mark your calendar and register today!  

To participate in the Climate Ride, you'll pay the registration fee of $75 and then raise $2,400 for organizations committed to work on clean energy, sustainability, climate education and bicycle advocacy.

This year, Climate Ride raised over $300,000 for the environment, green energy and active transportation. Several Alliance member organizations were beneficiaries of the 2012 Climate Ride, and the ride also raised $6,000 for the Alliance for Biking & Walking.
 When you sign up, don't forget to designate the Alliance and any number of Alliance member organizations as your beneficiaries in 2013!

Daunted by the fundraising requirement? Don't be! The Climate Ride is a fantastic opportunity to hone your fundraising skills and raise valuable dollars for your favorite advocacy organization. And it's a great way for organizations to engage membership and supporters. Read this fundraising tip sheet for organizations and riders - brought to you by the East Bay Bicycle CoalitionSign up and start planning your 2013 ride now!

Alliance Mutual Aid Calls

Our Mutual Aid conference calls are a great forum to gain insight from your Alliance peers on the specific issues and topics that are important to your organization. All calls begin at 2 p.m. Eastern and run for one hour.


This past month:

  • On the November 14 call Responding to Crisis as an Organization, we had a great forum of participants sharing how they and their organizations have responded to crises that arise. In particular, we discussed responding to a crash that injures or kills a bicyclist or pedestrian. Two participants from New York City also discussed their organizations' response to Hurricane Sandy. Click here to listen to the call and read the tip sheet.


This month:

Educational programming for people of all ages gives new active transportation and recreation enthusiasts the skills and confidence they need to incorporate biking and walking into their daily routines. It's crucial to get the word out about these opportunities to new audiences, too. Join us on this call to learn about innovative educational programs that encourage youth, adults and families to make biking and walking a part of their lives -- as well as strategies to bring more people to your classes and workshops. 



LeeAnne Fergason, Educational Programs Manager at  Bicycle Transportation Alliance

Kit Hodge, Deputy Director at San Francisco Bicycle Coalition

Dan Allison, Safe Routes to School Coordinator at San Juan USD, Safe Schools

Having a good working board-staff relationship makes your organization's direction definitive, operations smooth and programs and initiatives more effective. Come learn from three of your peers who have worked on those relationships from both sides, as executive directors and as board members, and join in the discussion.



Rob Sadowsky, Executive Director of the Bicycle Transportation Alliance

Dan Grunig, Executive Director of Bicycle Colorado

Nancy Grant, Executive Director of the Bicycle Coalition of Maine


January calls: TBD


What would you like to discuss on a Mutual Aid call? Does your organization have expertise to share with peer organizations and other advocates? Contact Jake@PeoplePoweredMovement.org with your ideas!


Good Luck, Jake!
jake The Alliance would like to thank Jake Knight for his hard work over the last nine months as our Communications Fellow. Jake's last day at the Alliance will be December 21.

Jake was hired as the Communications Fellow this March, filling a valuable role as we communicate the work of the Alliance and the successes of our member organizations in communities across the continent.

It is a challenging task and Jake not only did it well - he brought his super-friendly positive attitude into full force. It has been genuine pleasure for each of us in the Alliance office to work with Jake every day. He is one of the nicest, funniest, and coolest cats imaginable. He also loves bike and pedestrian advocacy and the people in our movement.

Jake is no stranger to the Alliance - he first served as an intern over two years ago helping organize our 2010 Leadership Retreat in Chattanooga and then participating before finishing his Master's in Public Policy. Many of you have worked with Jake over the year and we hope you have appreciated his work and professionalism as much as we have. If so, we encourage you to share your thanks with Jake at Jake@PeoplePoweredMovement.org. Our best wishes to Jake as he tackles his next adventure!  
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Safer Streets in St. Louis:
Congratulations to Trailnet and their partners in St. Louis, where local legislators recently passed a Safe Streets Ordinance. The new law will make streets more civil and imposes penalties on anyone who threatens another road user, whether walking, biking or driving. Initially, the law was an anti-harassment ordinance, but through the efforts of local advocates, the law evolved to protect bicyclists and pedestrians from threatening and dangerous behaviorRead more from Trailnet.

Disaster Response in New York:
After Hurricane Sandy wreaked havoc on neighborhoods in New York City, local active transportation advocates are stepping in to reconnect communities and distribute supplies to aid in the recovery. With the gaps in the transportation network due to the storm, bicycle and foot traffic have increased dramatically. Transportation Alternatives staff and volunteers have worked at commuter stations across the city to encourage new bike commuters, give directions and help repair bicycles. Read about their work here. The community bike shop Recycle-A-Bicycle has also been open for business, and they are putting people on bikes by selling from their stock and helping to fix bikes that people bring in. Read about Recycle-A-Bicycle's work here.


Alaska Advocates Working to Get $2.3 Million for Biking: Bicycle Commuters of Anchorage are working with local advocates and city staff to push $2.3 million in federal funding toward implementing the city's bike plan. After advocates attended the MPO's Technical Advisory Committee meeting and sent in over 100 comments, officials committed to revising the budget to incorporate improvements to the bike infrastructure. Read more on the Alliance blog. 


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Register for Women Mean Business and Submit Proposals for 2013 National Bike Summit: The National Bike Summit is right around the corner (March 4-6, 2013), and the League of American Bicyclists is out to show that Bicycling Means Business. You can sign up for the next Women Bike event Women Mean Business, set for March 4, 2013 in Washington, DC. Also, if you're interested in presenting at the National Bike Summit or Women Mean Business, submit your proposal by Dec. 13. Read more about the National Bike Summit here.

Walking Action Network Call Rescheduled:
Originally scheduled for November 8, the Walking Action Network call hosted by America Walks and the Alliance has been rescheduled to Thursday, December 13 from 2:00-3:00 PM Eastern. We hope you can make it to discuss Resources to Empower your Local Community with Walking Initiatives.
New Partners for Smart Growth 2013 Conference: The 12th Annual New Partners for Smart Growth Conference, will take place from February 7-9, 2013, in Kansas City, Missouri. With 95 sessions -- including plenaries, breakouts, trainings and workshops -- smart growth experts and interested advocates will learn how to make smart growth a success in their communities. Learn more and register here.

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