1975 Schwinn Continental

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

Tuesday, November 26, 2013

Kicking Asphalt Newsletter

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Kicking Asphalt (Happy Thanksgiving!!!) 2013


Better World Club Nominated for a Green Business Award: And We Need Your Vote!!

Edward Snowden Volunteers to Monitor Our Members Who Vote...And Who Don't! You Don't Want to be on that Second List... Vote Today!

Epic Video Testimonial

Better World Club has been nominated for the green business "People and Planet" award sponsored each fall by Green America. Other Nominees include Bio-Beetle Eco Rental Cars, Dogpatch Biofuels, Evergreen Escapes, Gondwana Ecotours, Greenway Transit, Inn Serendipity, Milkweed Mercantile Eco-Inn, Xtracycle, and Zingo.

Each of the ten finalists are amazing businesses doing great work and have made it through a competitive initial voting round by a panel of expert judges (from other eco-minded companies like Cliff bar, Seventh Generation, Calvert Foundation, and Organic Valley) to advance to the final round. This award represents both an overall green way of doing business and a commitment to greener travel and transportation.

Check out our contest bio, silly "Epic Video Testimonial!", and learn more about some other awesome companies all across the United States. Then vote for your top three - including yours truly!

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All Gift Memberships 30% OFF for ThanksHanuChrismaKwanzica!

Due to market pressure, next year we will be including Halloween.

30% OFF all Gift Memberships from now till the New Year! If you'd like to share us as a stocking stuffer or candle lit expression of your love and devotion, now is a great time. This offer is Only for Members who are purchasing gifts for friends and family: 30% OFF all Gift Memberships. If you have questions, or want to say [insert festive greeting] as you purchase your gift membership, call us at 866.238.1137.
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A Bipartisan Call to Protect the Arctic

Arctic Drilling Might Cool Investor Fears, but it will Boil the Dreams of Our Children

Better World Club and Oregon businessess write to President Obama and our Delegates to say "NO!"

Last week, Sen. Maria Cantwell, along with Republican Sen. Mark Kirk from Illinois introduced legislation that would extend wilderness protection to 1.56 million acres in the Arctic National Refuge's Coastal Plain.

BWC and other Oregon businesses also weighed in with a formal letter to President Obama and our delegates saying "Drilling in the Arctic is not worth it!".

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California 3 foot rule approved...

Maybe this is not a fairy tale, but it is proof. Of what?

Proof that good ideas can come true (despite AAA opposition)!

In September Governor Brown signed off on a 3 foot passing rule to protect bicyclists on the road.

The Law goes into effect September 2014 with only light fines for violators, but this is a clear victory for cycling advocates and concerned motorists who have fought for a mandated safe passing distance of 3 feet when overtaking a cyclist - which AAA has fought against for years.

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Member Alert:

National Park Passes are Available Through BWC

Ever Wonder What Teddy Roosevelt would recommend for a Christmas/Hannukah/All Holidays gift?

Teddy would say, "A National Park Pass" - every time.

National Park Pass The National Park Service has been entrusted with the preservation of America's national parks since 1916, and safeguards those very special places for the enjoyment of over 275 million visitors each year.

In partnership with the National Parks Service, Better World Club proudly offers National Parks and Federal Recreation Lands Passes for sale to our members. Members who purchase Parks Passes through Better World Club pay the same as they would were they to purchase through any other outlet, but receive a carbon offset for each pass purchased. Enjoy our national parks while also helping to preserve them for the enjoyment of future generations.

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On-Road Wheel Repairs

Resource is from the late legend Sheldonbrown(.com). Newer content by longtime friend John Allen.

By John Allen

The art of improvisation...

The usual tools and supplies for wheel repairs would weigh more than the bicycle. Certainly, you can carry a spoke wrench and a few spare spokes as you ride. But, if a wheel gets damaged far from home, you may need to perform a crude repair with improvised tools.

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In The News

From the Huffington Post

Here's How Obama Can Defeat the Republican Agenda: Endorse It!

As published in the Huffington Post

By Mitch Rofsky,

The government has reopened, but has President Obama learned the right lessons from the Republicans' hostility?

When most liberals wanted to expand Medicare, Obama Care went in a different direction. With its individual mandate and private insurance company focus, Obama Care was originally based on a proposal from the Heritage Foundation.

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Gondwana Ecotours

Setting a new standard for "ecotourism"

Gondwana Ecotours Gondwana Ecotours is a New Orleans-based ecotourism startup with the goal of improving and connecting the world through responsible travel. They provide travelers with an exciting, alternative vacation that will not only enrich their lives, but will also benefit the world we live in. We believe that by uniting travelers with other cultures and with nature, we will strengthen intercultural understanding and promote environmental stewardship.

Gondwana Ecotours is also a candidate for the People and Planet green business award. Vote today!

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Do You Put Your Money Where Your Mouth Is?

10 easy-to-manage plants that clean your air.

How green is your air filter?

houseplants to purify air

All homes emit various contaminants into your home environment. Airing out your home often is a healthy practice (though not on days with lots of smog if you have it in your city). You can also purchase high quality technological solutions to indoor air quality. OR!!! You can go super green, and buy some plants. Plants are natures own air purifiers. Here are ten easy-to-managed house plants that will silently clean your air and bring aditional life to your living spaces.
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Wednesday, November 6, 2013

Streetside E-News: November 2013

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The latest news in state and local biking and walking across North America

Four Cities Chosen for Winning Campaigns Trainings in 2014

The Alliance for Biking & Walking is pleased to announce the locations of its 2014 Winning Campaigns Trainings.


The Winning Campaigns curriculum applies proven organizing techniques to biking and walking advocacy. Thanks to these carefully tailored trainings, Alliance member organizations have won dozens of campaigns for better transportation in their communities.   


We are pleased to announce that 2014 Winning Campaigns Trainings will be held in the following locations: 
  • Baltimore, MD 
  • Indianapolis, IN  
  • Oakland, CA 
  • Santa Barbara, CA  
Dates for 2014 Winning Campaigns Trainings will be announced later this month. 
Working with Police for Smarter Enforcement

Biking- and walking-friendly laws are important, but legal protections for bikers and walkers are 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? 


On a recent Alliance Mutual Aid Call, advocates discussed how they have implemented innovative ways to work with police departments for smart law enforcement for active transportation.
Twitter 101 for Biking & Walking Advocacy

There are almost definitely people in your area who are tweeting about biking and walking issues. If your advocacy organization doesn't have a Twitter presence, you're missing out on those conversations. 


But if you're not sure how to start tweeting, don't fret - we've got you covered.



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. 


Check out the recording and notes » 

Forming Complete Streets Coalitions

Cross-sector coalitions are powerful tools when working to pass and implement a state or local Complete Streets policy. 


By building partnerships with transit advocates, health stakeholders, economic development groups, environmental organizations and more, biking and walking advocates can multiply impact and ensure a great policy to build safe, accessible streets for all.   


On a recent Alliance Mutual Aid Call, national and local advocates discussed their hands-on experience building winning coalitions for Complete Streets.  
Become a Green Lane Project City, Build Protected Bike Lanes 

Will your city build protected bike lanes over the next two years? If your community applies to be a part of the Green Lane Project, you may see more protected bike lanes popping up on your streets.  



Over the course of the last two years, the PeopleForBikes Green Lane Project has worked with transportation officials in six select cities to build and plan more protected bike lanes.


Your community could be part of the Green Lane Project's second round! PeopleForBikes is now looking for awesome cities to be a part of the program for the next two years.


Learn more and apply »

Just for Fun: the 11 Best Transportation Halloween Costumes of 2013

Halloween is a great time to wear your passion on your sleeve. And if you love transportation, the opportunity to dress up as anything you want can lead to some pretty wonderful costumes. 


This year, some transportation enthusiasts found ways to translate their favorite policy issue into wearables.   


Upcoming Webinars and Mutual Aid Calls 
Our Mutual Aid conference calls are a great forum to gain insight from peers and colleagues on the most important issues in biking and walking advocacy today.
  • November 12, 1:00 - 2:00 PM eastern: Federal Policy Update
    • Tune in to hear from Caron Whitaker, Vice President of Government Relations for the League of American Bicyclists. This month, we'll hear about a pressing new safety bill to improve MAP-21. Plus, we'll talk about the RFP for the 2014 Bike Summit. Presented by the League of American Bicyclists, Alliance for Biking & Walking and Association of Pedestrian and Bicycle Professionals. 
  • November 13, 2:00 - 3:00 PM eastern: Sales for Community Bike Shops
    • Selling new and reclaimed bike components and accessories is an important part of many community bike shops' models. On this call, leaders from community bike shop will talk in-depth about their shops' practices for sales, including point of sale software, permissions, and price policies. 
  • November 19, 2:00 - 3:00 PM eastern: Tools for Transparency: State Legislative Tracking
    • For biking and walking policy advocates, tracking transportation issues at the state level isn't always a piece of cake. Fortunately for us, the Sunlight Foundation has created powerful tracking tools to simplify the task of bird-dogging state legislation. Join this training, offered by the Sunlight Foundation and Advocacy Advance (a partnership of the League of American Bicyclists and the Alliance for Biking and Walking), to learn how these innovative tools can help your work.
  • November 20, 2:00 - 3:00 PM eastern: Messaging for Walking Advocacy
    • Walking advocacy carries its own communications needs, and what works for messaging bike-friendliness may not work for messaging walkability. From touting vibrant main streets to elevating the health benefits of regular exercise, a unique set of messages can be best for effective walking advocacy. Join this call to hear from leading advocates about the most effective messages to communicate the urgent need to boost walkability. 
December calls:

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

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Member News

Chamber of Commerce Endorses Biking and Walking

Lobbying your Chamber of Commerce to adopt a position friendly to bicycling and walking can reap many long-term rewards for legislation and funding that benefit active transportation. Missouri advocates share tips for working with your State Chamber. Read more »

Goodbye Bicycle Alliance of WA; Hello Washington Bikes

Following an internal review process, the Bicycle Alliance of Washington has announced that they have changed their name to Washington Bikes. Read more »


Atlanta Streets Alive Draws Over 80,000 

Congratulations to the Atlanta Bicycle Coalition! Their latest Open Streets event drew over 82,000 participants. The high turnout shows widespread support for the city's goal of becoming a top ten U.S. city for cycling, not to mention a walkable, vibrant urban environment. More »


Bike Maryland featured in police training video 

Advocates worked with police to create a new training video that specifically addresses enforcement and safety for bicycling issues. Bike Maryland Executive Director Carol Silldorff makes a cameo. Check it out »


Philadelphia Bike Groups Merge

The Bicycle Coalition of Greater Philadelphia will merge with Cadence Cycling Foundation, a youth education nonprofit. Read more »

Partner News

Rails to Trails to Testify Before Supreme Court 

This winter, the U.S. Supreme Court will hear a case about whether the United States may convert secure railroad corridors into recreational trails. Our friends at the Rails to Trails Conservancy will testify before to support the federal government's ability to maintain rail corridors for public use. Learn more »

APBP Launches First U.S. Local Chapter 

With support from Alliance members Washington Bikes and Feet First, the Association of Pedestrian and Bicycle Professionals has launched their first local chapter in the United States. Read the news release »

League Hires CicLAvía Co-Founder 

Adonia Lugo, co-founder of CicLAvía and City of Lights in Los Angeles, will start as Equity Manager at the League of American Bicyclists. 

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