1975 Schwinn Continental

1975 Schwinn Continental
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Tuesday, January 8, 2013

Where will you ride in 2013?

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From: "PeopleForBikes.org" <info@peopleforbikes.org>
Date: Jan 8, 2013 10:49 AM
Subject: Where will you ride in 2013?
To: "Daniel Stafford" <aquarianm@gmail.com>

Our movement's 2013 goals.

Dear Daniel,

Riding a bike helps us explore the world, connects us with friends and family, and, quite simply, makes us feel good. It's no wonder that people are passionate about bicycling.

We started the PeopleForBikes.org movement in 2010 because we realized something was missing. There was no easy way to transform this passion into action—the action of building a better future for bicycling.

By signing the PeopleForBikes.org pledge, you became part of the movement to make our world a better place to ride. Today, we stand united with more than 650,000 supporters. In 2012 alone, you sent 50,000 letters to elected officials on behalf of bicycling and donated tens of thousands of dollars to our programs that build more safe places to ride. In 2013, we'll be asking you to shift into a higher gear to reach our goals (above) of more riders, more voices, and more places to bike. 

Bicycling needs more than your passion, it needs your participation. Let's make 2013 the best year ever for bicycling. Click here to get involved.

Ride on,
The PeopleForBikes.org team

p.s. Congrats to Ted N. from Wyoming, the winner of December's Trek Madone giveaway. Ted will receive a bike for himself and one to give to a friend. Thanks to Ted and everyone else who donated to our holiday fundraising campaign!

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Thursday, January 3, 2013

Alliance For Biking & Walking: Streetside E-News: January 2013

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Date: Jan 3, 2013 1:36 PM
Subject: Streetside E-News: January 2013
To: <aquarianm@gmail.com>

View the web version of this e-mail. Streetside - January 2013
Streetside header Jan 2013
January 2013 - In This Issue
Advocacy Advance Trainings Set Communities Up for Success
Guide to Fundraising Part Three Available
Plan and Execute Winning Campaigns in 2013
Still Accepting Benchmarking Surveys
2013 Alliance Advocacy Awards Reception
Promote Active Transportation: Join the 2013 Climate Ride
Upcoming Conference Calls
Welcome, Mary Lauran!
Welcome, Maggie!
Attend an Advocacy Advance Navigating MAP-21 Training Near You

To build on the success Advocacy Advance achieved in 2012, this partnership between the Alliance and the League of American Bicyclists is hosting at least nine more Navigating MAP-21 Workshops this year.  


The Advocacy Advance team will be facilitating these free one-day trainings on how to maximize funding for investments in biking and walking in the following locations (dates will be announced this month):

  • Florida (multiple locations in the state)
  • Wichita, KS
  • Chesapeake, VA
  • Indianapolis, IN
  • Northwest Arkansas
  • Tulsa, OK
  • Omaha, NE
  • Baton Rouge, LA
  • Charleston, WV

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.


Advocacy Advance hosted a webinar in December on "How Metropolitan Planning Organizations Plan for and Fund Bicycling and Walking Investments," and you can access the materials from that presentation. See the Upcoming Calls section below to register for the upcoming Navigating MAP-21 Webinars on January 29 and February 19.


Guide to Fundraising Part Three Available
"Finding Local Funding Sources," part three of the Alliance's evolving Guide to Fundraising series, is now available in the Alliance Resource Library.

This guide builds off of "Creating and Implementing an Effective Fundraising Plan" and "Anatomy of a Winning Proposal" to help you take advantage of local sources of funding, including membership and donors, local foundations, sponsorships and events.

With examples from Alliance organizations and fundraising professionals, this guide will help you increase the most important and sustainable portions of your organization's income -- those contributions that come from members of your community.

Members, check out the three parts of the Guide to Fundraising in the Alliance Resource Library today!
Plan and Execute Winning Campaigns in 2013
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 Atlanta and Minneapolis 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:
*Indicates a customized training. Please contact Alliance staff before registering.

Sign up TODAY to receive the discounted rate of just $75 for members. If you have questions about the Alliance's Winning Campaigns Trainings, call Mike Samuelson at (202) 449-9692 ext. 7 or email him at Mike@PeoplePoweredMovement.org.

Still Accepting Benchmarking Surveys


As part of the ongoing benchmarking project, Alliance staff is in the process of collecting surveys requesting data from all 50 states and the 50 most populous cities in the U.S.


These surveys are an important and necessary component of the biennial Bicycling and Walking in the United States: Benchmarking Report.


If you received a survey request from the Alliance and have not yet submitted your city or state's data, please be sure to get it in soon to be included. 


If you have any questions or difficulty completing the survey, contact Maggie Melin at Maggie@PeoplePoweredMovement.org as soon as possible.


2013 Alliance Advocacy Awards Reception
bike texas at 2012 advocacy awards Save the date for the Alliance's 2013 Advocacy Awards Reception on March 4, 2013. 

We'll kick off the National Bike Summit by recognizing the advocates, organizations and businesses that make a difference for biking and walking in your community.
Click here to learn more about the Alliance's Advocacy Awards.

Promote Active Transportation: Join the 2013 Climate Ride
Show your support for active transportation and the environment by joining 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!  

Registration is just $75, and then you can begin to 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!

Climate Ride is 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!

Upcoming Conference 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. Additionally, Advocacy Advance has been hosting a series of calls to help you direct funding sources toward investments in biking and walking. All calls begin at 2 p.m. Eastern and run for one hour.


This month:

  • January 8: APBP/Alliance Federal Policy Call:
    • Our guest speaker Caron Whitaker, formerly the Campaign Director for America Bikes and now the VP of Government Relations at the League of American Bicyclists, will discuss how the fiscal cliff, changes in Congress, and other key issues affect transportation funding.  The session will also provide resources for the implementation of MAP-21, the current U.S. transportation law.  
  • January 16: Alliance Mutual Aid Call: 
    • Finding Local Funding Sources
    • Join Alliance leaders as we delve into the subject matter covered in the third volume of the Alliance's Guide to Fundraising. On this call, we'll discuss strategies to increase local support for your organization from sources such as local foundations, members, major donors and events.
  • January 29: Advocacy Advance Navigating MAP-21 Webinar: 
  • January 30: Alliance Mutual Aid Call: 
    • Engaging Businesses for Open Streets
    • How can businesses get on board with open streets events? Come learn from practitioners about how to engage local businesses in putting on an open streets event in your area.  

February calls:

  • February 13: Mutual Aid Call: Lobbying and Elections
  • February 19: Advocacy Advance MAP-21 Webinar: MAP-21 and the National Bike Summit
  • February 27: Mutual Aid Call: Messaging for Policymakers and the Media

This past month:

  • On December 5, the Alliance hosted a call on Innovative Bike/Ped Education and How to Promote It. We heard from three great panelists working on educational programs, particularly around youth and families, and discussed how to promote such programs. Alliance Members can listen to the call recording and check out the tip sheet in the Alliance Resource Library.
  • On December 12, we had a great panel who shared their experience and expertise on Best Practices in Board-Staff Relationships. We discussed board and staff responsibilities, board engagement, board development and how to construct systems that work. Click here to listen to the call and read the tip sheet.

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 MLHall@PeoplePoweredMovement.org with your ideas!


Welcome, Mary Lauran!
Please join us in welcoming Mary Lauran Hall, our new Communications Manager. Mary Lauran's first day with the Alliance was January 2.

As the Communications Coordinator of America Bikes in 2012, Mary Lauran helped craft campaigns to incorporate bicycling into the federal transportation bill. She brings with her years of campaign experience and is looking forward to working to build national campaigns and promote the work of Alliance organizations.

"Mary Lauran's communications skills, social media savvy, analytical experience and passion for our movement all have stood out to me," says Jeffrey Miller, Alliance President/CEO. "I am delighted that Mary Lauran has joined our staff." 

To contact Mary Lauran, email her at MLHall@PeoplePoweredMovement.org or call (202) 449-9692 ext. 2.
Welcome, Maggie!
Please join us in welcoming Maggie Melin, the Alliance's Benchmarking Research Assistant.

Maggie grew up in Michigan and most recently spent the last two and half years living in Berlin, Germany and Lund, Sweden where she enjoyed commuting by bike and foot on a daily basis.

In Sweden she earned a master's degree in sustainability science from Lund University and holds a master's degree in urban and environmental planning from the University of Virginia.

Through her education and experiences abroad, she has become committed to finding ways to encourage biking and walking across North America and to make it more accessible to more people.

Welcome to the Alliance, Maggie! 
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Member News
Pushing for Better Evaluation in Boston:
After a crash that took the life of a Boston student, the Boston Cyclists Union has speaking out through local news media about the need for better evaluation of crash and injury data. Working with law enforcement, Boston Cyclists Union is seeking to target problematic stretches of roadway with better education and infrastructure.  Read more from Boston Cyclists Union.

Continuing Relief Efforts in New York City:
Alliance members Transportation Alternatives and Recycle-A-Bicycle have teamed up with Giant Bicycles to distribute new donations of bicycles, helmets and lights to community organizations. Read about their work here.


Register to Attend the Youth Bike Summit in NYC: Register for this three-day gathering geared toward youth, bicycles, education, and advocacy. This national conference brings people from different disciplines together to explore, network, and learn how bicycling can be a legitimate and safe form of transportation for today's youth. Learn more about the Youth Bike Summit in this  video by StreetfilmsFor more information and to register, visit Recycle-A-Bicycle. 
Partner News
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. Read more about the National Bike Summit here.

Adventure Cycling Bicycle Travel Awards:
Our partners at Adventure Cycling Association announced the winners of their 2012 Bicycle Travel Awards. Congratulations to these awardees for their commitment to bicycle touring and making travel by bicycle better, safer, and more comfortable. Read about this year's awardees here on the Adventure Cycling blog.
New Partners for Smart Growth 2013 Conference: Mark your calendars and register for the 12th Annual New Partners for Smart Growth Conference, which will take place from February 7-9, 2013, in Kansas City, Missouri. Smart growth experts and interested advocates will learn how to make smart growth a success in their communities at the 95 plenary, workshop and breakout sessions. Learn more and register here.

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