1975 Schwinn Continental

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

Wednesday, October 30, 2013

10 happy communities

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From: "PeopleForBikes" <info@peopleforbikes.org>
Date: Oct 29, 2013 6:01 PM
Subject: 10 happy communities
To: "Daniel Stafford" <aquarianm@gmail.com>

People for Bikes

These 10 communities received grants to improve bicycling.

A big city, a small town, and a whole bunch of communities in between are the happy recipients of PeopleForBikes grants this autumn. Now in its 14th year, our Community Grants Program supports projects to build great places to ride and focused efforts to make the joy of bicycling available to people across the country.

Since the Program's inception, we have awarded a total of $2.5 million to match more than $650 million in other funding, and have made grants in 49 states and the District of Columbia. (Rhode Island, we are waiting for you!) A whopping 127 applications for this cycle tells us that biking is booming and communities everywhere are working to get more bike lanes, trails, parks, and paths on the ground.

Check out the projects we just funded, from the first multi-use path in Beach, North Dakota, to the campaign to install bikeways on key corridors in Atlanta, Georgia. We couldn't be more impressed with the work happening in these communities. Please join us in congratulating the people who are making it possible!

-The PeopleForBikes team

We are tremendously grateful to the bicycle industry members who make our grants program possible: Fuji, Giant, Shimano, SRAM, and Trek. 

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Thursday, October 24, 2013

Chicago Tribune - Chicago alderman wants $25 bike registration fee


Wednesday, October 23, 2013

Bike riders should buy $25 annual license, alderman proposes - Chicago Sun-Times


Kicking Asphalt Newsletter

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Date: Oct 23, 2013 11:08 AM
Subject: Kicking Asphalt Newsletter
To: "Dan Stafford" <aquarianm@gmail.com>

Kicking Asphalt October 2013


Better World Club Expanding Our Carbon Offsets! Next Up: The Hot Air Coming Out of Congress

But We're Not Warren Buffett, So We Can't Offset All of It!

Better World Club, the nation's only eco-friendly auto club, announced today that it is going to offset one of the nation's most important sources of hot air: the U.S. Congress.

To accomplish this, Better World Club will offset more than 100 tons of carbon emissions generated by the Capitol Power Plant-representing one day of a Congressional session. Because of Congressional floundering, the Capitol Power Plant still operates using dirty fuels and pollutes the D.C. area to the tune of more than 100,000 tons of carbon dioxide (not to mention other pollutants) every year.

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AAA Offers Bike Roadside Assistance in Three States and Two Cities.

But only if you own a car...?

At this rate, they'll catch up to Better World's nationwide service in about... 125 years.

In select regions and counties, AAA covers members with bikes for 5 or 100 miles. Again, that is ONLY in specific areas - it is not nationwide. And bicycle assistance can only be purchased as part of their auto coverage.

What exactly is being offered to car/bike owners?

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Transportation and Housing & Urban Development appropriations goes T.H.U.D.!

US Senate reports the tragic loss of 1 gavel, two leather Senate seats, the US Budget, and their minds!

The Federal Government was shut down, due to the Republican opposition to Obama Care. That, rightfully, has gotten alot of press. Meanwhile, the rest of the Federal budget has been largely ignored.

What might still be left out of the Transportation appropriations bill?

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Hey Chicago Members, When You're Speeding Through Town, Keep in Mind Where Better World Club Gets Your Bail Bond Benefit. Otherwise, the Police Will Take Your License.

Better Yet: Keep in Mind That You Shouldn't Be Speeding!

We've received a few calls in the last month from members in and around the Chicago, IL area. They reported to us that traffic officers who pulled them over didn't recognize BWC's Arrest Bond Coverage (required in IL as a substitute for confiscation of your driver's license).

We looked into this matter and discovered some officers were not reading the bail bond information on the back of the membership card. Better World Club's Arrest Bond Certificate is covered though a partnership with Allstate Motor Club, Inc. and Travelers Casualty and Surety Company of America. See your member contract or the back of your membership card for more details.

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Search 30,000 Reputable Mechanics Nationwide Through Car Talk

Have you been peeking under manhole covers? Sending signal flares and desperately yodeling for help? You must be looking for a good mechanic who isn't going to rip off your radiator and retirement savings for no reason.

Few have garnered the respect that Tom and Ray have developed when it comes to honest (and sometimes even accurate) car diagnosis. Over their career, the Car Talk gurus have compiled a great resource - reputable mechanics near you!

If you don't already have one, check out Car Talks Mechanic Files to find a great mechanic near you.

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In The News

BWC Touted as a Business Model for Socially Minded Entrepreneurs

The article on thenewconsumer.com mentions our dedication to bicycle roadside assistance and donation of 1 percent of our total revenue to environmental cleanup and advocacy.
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Epic Road

Adventure travel + Conservation + Philanthropy = Transformative Travel

Better World TravelEpic Road links well-thought out luxury experiences with humanitarian and conservation initiatives. Their programming specializes in the Arctic and Africa, connecting travelers with highly customized journeys focusing on cultural immersion and the confrontation of global issues.

Epic Road believes "travel can power massive positive change in the world. While these changes will take place on the ground in the destinations that our clients visit, we believe that the most important changes occur in the minds of our clients."

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Do You Put Your Money Where Your Mouth Is?

"Flushable" wipes fouling up the waterworks

Accountability = CEO's on defensive ask the important question, "doesn't it disappear after you flush it?" Tests prove CEO's lack object permanence.

By James R. Hood

A backed-up sink or toilet is bad enough but entire sewer systems are getting clogged up by pre-moistened "personal wipes" and other consumer products that claim to be "flushable."

"If it's not pee, poop or toilet paper, don't flush it!"

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Not a Member of Better World Club?

BWC's Member Discounts More Than Pay for a Membership!

BWC discounts more than pay for your membership. Better World Club members can save money in all kinds of ways, whether through hotel, car rental, travel, or other discounts. Join Better World Club now and get in on the savings! Use this link and we'll even throw in a 10% discount on Better World membership.

And Remember to Tell a friend about BWC!

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Saturday, October 19, 2013

Better bike lanes on the rise

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From: "PeopleForBikes" <info@peopleforbikes.org>
Date: Oct 18, 2013 12:28 PM
Subject: Better bike lanes on the rise
To: "Daniel Stafford" <aquarianm@gmail.com>

People for Bikes

More miles of better bike lanes.

Hi Daniel,

Across the U.S., better bike lanes are hitting the ground. The new designs create dedicated, protected space on streets for people on bikes. The lanes use posts, parked cars, planters or curbs to make bicycling more comfortable for more people.

Momentum for these lanes has been growing: New York City started building them in 2008, Chicago has built 17 miles of protected lanes in the last two years, Atlanta installed its first this year, Memphis has pledged to build 15 miles in the next two years, and Omaha and Lincoln are in a race to be the first city in Nebraska to get one.

Protected bike lanes are on the rise.

Early in 2012, PeopleForBikes launched the Green Lane Project to champion these innovative facilities. Why? Because they turn a busy street into a place where more people are comfortable riding. Protected bike lanes help remove barriers that dissuade people from hopping on a bike to visit friends, get to school or work, or cruise to the neighborhood frozen yogurt place. That's good news for everyone—whether you are seasoned rider or new to bicycling.

Our strategy to promote protected bike lanes has two main components: Raising awareness about them and getting them on the ground. In early 2012, we selected six cities that were poised to make a lot of progress: Austin, Chicago, Memphis, Portland OR, San Francisco and Washington DC. We provided them with grants, technical and strategic support, and a good dose of inspiration. And they've made huge progress. About half of the new lanes built in the last two years are in these six cities. The effort worked so well, we're doing it again. We just opened the application process for Green Lane Project 2. We'll select six new cities in early 2014, and help them make progress.

Are you hearing about protected bike lanes in your community? Join the conversation on our website or Facebook page. 

-The PeopleForBikes team

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Tuesday, October 8, 2013

Two fun Chicago bike events this week

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Date: Oct 8, 2013 3:10 PM
Subject: Two fun Chicago bike events this week
To: "Daniel Stafford" <aquarianm@gmail.com>

People for Bikes
Hi Daniel,
Here are two upcoming bike-related events in the Windy City we thought you might be interested in. Enjoy the ride this fall!


Divvy bike to the Chicago Marathon As thousands of people venture into town this weekend for the Chicago Marathon (and the roads get extra crowded), now is the perfect time to see the city by bike. This Friday and Saturday, PeopleForBikes is setting up shop at the Health + Fitness Expo at McCormick Place with our partners at Volkswagen. Stop by and say hi! On Sunday, race spectators are encouraged to bike to the race as well as to the 27th Mile Post-Race Party in Grant Park's Butler Field. Bicycle parking is available at the McDonald's Cycle Center, located at Randolph Street and Columbus Drive. 
Don't have a bike to get to the Expo or the race? No problem. With 300 stations and 3,000 bikes available across Chicago, Divvy is a convenient and fun way to get around on race weekend. Divvy offers 24-hour passes for $7. For more information on Divvy and to see locations throughout the city, visit the Divvy website.


Cellist Ben Sollee is touring Lake Michigan by bikeSince 2009, cellist and songwriter Ben Sollee and his crew have been touring the US, at times by bike, as a way to bring music to local communities between major cities. On Saturday, October 12, Sollee is making a special stop at the Lincoln Park REI. Come with your family and friends, learn about utility cycling, attend an exclusive Ben Sollee performance, and enter for a chance to win a Nau outfit from REI. The concert starts at 11 AM and concludes with a bike ride led by Ben. Bring your bike and your friends! Visit the REI site to reserve your spot.
Happy riding, 
The PeopleForBikes team
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Thursday, October 3, 2013

Streetside E-News: October 2013

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Date: Oct 3, 2013 9:21 AM
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New Advocacy Advance Report: Winning Bicycle and Pedestrian Ballot Measures

Ballot measures have become an integral part of transportation finance. With a 79 percent victory rate in 2012, voters are telling their governments that transportation matters -- and they're willing to pay for it.


In response, biking and walking advocacy organizations around the United States are looking to the ballot box to improve transportation choices and investments.   


For insight into planning and winning transportation ballot campaigns, check out Advocacy Advance's new report, "Success at the Ballot Box: Winning Bicycle and Pedestrian Ballot Measures."  
Photo Contest: Vote for Back to School Winner 

Like photos of kids and families on bikes and on foot? Then you'll love voting for the winners of our Back to School Photo Contest with Streetsblog. 



The two lucky photographers whose photos receive the most votes by 5:00 PM on Monday, October 7 will win brand new Breezer city bikes. 


Congratulations to Solidream, who won our summer biking & walking photo contest with 287 votes. Check out his gorgeous photo here.


Help us choose the next winners by voting for your favorite photo on Streetsblog!

80+ Advocacy Organizations Ask USDOT for Better Biking and Walking Plans

Last month, the US Department of Transportation released their draft strategic plan, a document that will determine how the agency 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.  


State and local biking and walking advocacy organizations in the United States kicked into high gear. With policy assistance from our friends at the League of American Bicyclists and the Safe Routes to School National Partnership, over 80 organizations asked the US DOT to incorporate real strategic reforms for better biking and walking in the U.S. 
Big Sky Advocates Plan Winning Campaigns

This past month, Montana advocates traveled 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. 



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.  


Check out Brighid's recap of the training » 

Using Health Impact Assessments for Advocacy

Health impact assessments (HIAs) can be important tools when planning for transportation. 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.
Climate Ride Supports Bike & Walk Advocacy

Riders on the fifth annual east coast Climate Ride arrived in Washington, DC last week after pedaling for five days from New York City to raise money for a sustainable transportation future. 


When people participate in Climate Ride, their fundraising dollars go towards supporting great causes. Six riders chose to support the Alliance for Biking & Walking, and this year's two overall top fundraising Climate Ride teams were Alliance members: the Los Angeles County Bicycle Coalition and the Washington Area Bicyclist Association. 
Our communications manager, Mary Lauran Hall, was on this year's east coast ride. Check out her recap and photos on our blog, and consider joining next year! »
Alliance Leaders Featured in Bicycling Mag

Have you heard? Bike advocacy is cool. And bike advocates are REALLY cool.


For a recent Bicycling Magazine spread on changemakers in the biking world, we couldn't be happier to see several leaders from Alliance member organizations share the spotlight. 


Welcome, Christy!

The Alliance is thrilled to announce that Christy Kwan has joined our staff as the new Advocacy Advance Outreach Coordinator. 


In her new role, Christy will focus on walking and making new connections with the public health community. Christy has past experience in working with diverse stakeholders to increase healthy food access in underserved communities and promoted sustainability and environmental conservation near military bases. 


Christy studied sociology and gender studies at the University of California San Diego. She earned her Master of City Planning from the University of Pennsylvania, where she was recognized for her leadership and team work. She is an avid walker and currently learning how to ride a bike in the city. 

Upcoming 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. 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 PM eastern time.

  • October 8, 2:00 - 3:00 PM eastern: Federal Policy Update: Shutdown Edition
    • Tune in to hear from Caron Whitaker, Vice President of Government Relations for the League of American Bicyclists. On this month's federal policy webinar, we'll discuss how the government shutdown affects transportation. We'll also talk about movements on safety and Transportation Alternatives for the next transportation bill. Presented by the League of American Bicyclists, Alliance for Biking & Walking and Association of Pedestrian and Bicycle Professionals. 
  • October 9, 2:00 - 3:00 PM eastern: Working with Police for Smarter Enforcement
    • Biking- and walking-friendly laws are important, but legal protections for bikers and walkers is only as effective as the enforcement of those laws. How can biking and walking advocates work with police departments to ensure that all people receive fair, lawful, and safe protection on community streets? Join this call to hear from advocates who have implemented innovative ways to work with police departments for smart law enforcement for active transportation. 
  • October 16, 2:00 - 3:00 PM eastern: Twitter 101
    • 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 introductory online course might be in order. This webinar -- the second in a series held by the Alliance for Biking & Walking and the League of American Bicyclists -- will break down the basics of tweeting for advocacy. Join this webinar if you'd like to get started with using Twitter for your organization, and want a beginner's overview on how to really dig in. 
  • October 23, 2:00 - 3:00 PM eastern: Boosting Capacity with Temporary Staff  
    • Sometimes, biking and walking advocacy organizations need a few extra minds and bodies to push through busy times. Join this call to hear from biking and walking advocates who have successfully brought on temporary staff to get through especially busy times.
November calls:

What would you like to discuss on a Mutual Aid Call? Does your organization have expertise to share with peer organizations and other advocates? Email Megan with your ideas!

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Member News

Poll Shows New Yorkers Support Safer Streets

In the wake of New York City's mayoral primary, a new poll released by Transportation Alternatives shows that
67 percent of voters support "bringing protected bike lanes and pedestrian islands" to their neighborhoods. The poll spells a clear direction for the city's future mayor, Bill de Blasio. 
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Minneapolis Bicycle Coalition Hires Ethan Fawley as Founding Executive Director 

After operating for four years through the efforts of volunteers, the Minneapolis Bicycle Coalition has hired board president Ethan Fawley as its first staff member and Director. Read more »


Divvy Bike Share Fully Operational 

Divvy, Chicago's bike sharing program, is now fully up and running with over 30,000 trips taken, more than 6,200 annual members, and over 680,000 miles traveled. The Active Transportation Alliance has a full rundown on the new system's operations.   Read more »


Bicycle Federation of Wisconsin Hires New Executive Director 

Last month, the Wisconsin Bike Fed welcomed Dave Cieslewicz as the organization's new executive director. Dave brings significant experience to the role, including two terms as Madison's mayor and leadership at the Nature Conservancy. Learn more »


California Increases Active Transportation Funding

California Governor Jerry Brown has signed a bill to restructure existing pedestrian, bicycle, trails, and Safe Routes to School programs into a comprehensive $129.5 million Active Transportation Program (ATP), spelling a 35% boost in dedicated state funding for walking and biking. Read more »

Partner News

Adventure Cycling Releases US Bicycle Routes Best Practices Guide 

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. This guide provides planning, designation, and promotion models developed using the lessons learned from over eight years of system implementation and feedback. Learn more »

Complete Streets Book Now in Print 

Hot off the presses! Barbara McCann, founding Executive Director of the Complete Streets Coalition, took a break from advocacy to write a comprehensive text on how communities can transition their streets to safe and accessible transportation networks for everybody. For 20% off the list price, use the special discount code 4STREETS. Learn more »

Register for Shared Use Mobility Conference October 10 - 11 

As the bikesharing industry grows along side carsharing and ridesharing, connecting, learning, and exchanging ideas is more important than ever. The inaugural Shared-Use Mobility Summit will address bikesharing and shared-used transportation this month in San Francisco. 

PeopleForBikes Announces Major Expansion  
The Bikes Belong Coalition and Bikes Belong Foundation have been renamed the PeopleForBikes Coalition and the PeopleForBikes Foundation. Along with the new name comes a great new look and online identify. Check it out »

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