1975 Schwinn Continental

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

Wednesday, December 10, 2014

Cycling is a bigger job creator in Europe than anything we are doing here in America


New video: the power of walking and biking advocates

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Date: Dec 9, 2014 1:15 PM
Subject: New video: the power of walking and biking advocates
To: "Daniel Staffotf" <aquarianm@gmail.com>

Dear Daniel, 

Today, people really want to live in neighborhoods where it's easy and safe to bike and walk. 

But strong communities with safe biking and walking options don't build themselves. They're the direct result of grassroots advocates' concerted efforts to improve streets for people. 

This fall, we held a Leadership Retreat to bring together 120 grassroots advocates who are working to make biking and walking better. Watch the video from the Retreat here.

Grassroots advocates find the places that need sidewalks, bike lanes, and crosswalks. They work with members of the community to make sure that the transportation network works for everyone. They hold events -- walks, rides, community planning sessions -- to bring people together. They track transportation laws to make sure that walkers and bikers have a voice in the legislative process. 

And the Alliance makes sure that these grassroots advocates have the resources they need to do their jobs well. 

Watch our new video to see why these amazing grassroots advocates are so important:


Then, please make a donation to support the Alliance's important work to bolster the biking and walking advocacy movement. 

Together, we're building a truly People Powered Movement to advance walking and biking in North America. 

Thank you for your support. 


Thank you, 

Jeffrey Miller
President / CEO

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Monday, December 8, 2014

Register for 2015 GITAP Soon! Over one-third of capacity already reserved!

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2015 Grand Illinois Trail and Parks


June 14 - 19, 2015

Register now for the 13th annual GITAP bike tour! Spots are going fast and over 1/3 of our 225 ridership capacity has already been reserved!  



This unforgettable six-day ride will be making a loop through Illinois prairies, farmland, woodlands, river edges, and towns and cities -- Kewanee, Hampton, Galesburg, Canton, and Chilicothe -- with significant history. Enjoy overnights filled with good food and good fellowship, all in support of the League of Illinois Bicyclists, a nonprofit organization dedicated to improving bicycling conditions statewide. 


Highlights include:

  • Overnights at campgrounds next to Mississippi and Illinois rivers.
  • Two nights and layover day in Canton, near many cultural sites and scenic viewpoints.
  • The opportunity to ride to Lewistown on layover day, and visit the Dickson Mounds Museum, a National Historic Site and major U.S. archaeological museum.
  • An overnight at Galesburg's Carl Sandburg College on its spacious campus.
  • A Chillicothe campsite located close to downtown, in a green, open park right next to the Illinois River.


Ride Basics

  • A loop ride - starting and ending at Kewanee High School - with free parking for the week. Kewanee is also accessible by Amtrak - a great way to arrive car-free!
  • Many daily mileage choices totaling anywhere from 300 to 500 miles for the week.
  • Tent camping at county and city parks as well as one college campus.
  • All breakfasts and dinners included.
  • Showers and luggage transportation provided.
  • T-shirt, emergency SAGs, bike repair, and refreshment stops included.
  • Nightly meetings including our fun Velosophie program - discussions of interesting bicycling-related literature.
  • An optional five night package of motel accommodations (at extra cost).


Registration Information

GITAP has grown in popularity and ridership over recent years, and typically reaches or nears its maximum capacity of riders yearly. Registration is first-come, first-served, and we encourage you to register early.


Basic: $460       

Current LIB Members: $425                    

Children 12-15 years old: $345

Children 11 or under: $230

Add $25 for registering after June 1


Download the GITAP Registration Form for complete details and to register. 



Proceeds from GITAP directly support the League of Illinois Bicyclists, a non-profit organization dedicated to improving bicycling conditions in Illinois. LIB is the statewide advocate for all Illinois bicyclists, promoting bicycle access, 

education, and safety. GITAP is sponsored by the League of Illinois Bicyclists with support from the Illinois Department of Natural Resources.




Experience Illinois' historic and cultural 

charms on scenic bike terrain with up to 225 other riders! We hope you'll join us!


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Wednesday, November 26, 2014

Kicking Asphalt Driving Change Edition

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Obama Adds Green To Red China and Gets A Shade Of Gray (No, Not One of the 50 Shades You're Thinking Of)

U.S. President Barack Obama and Chinese President Xi Jinping make a pledge to reduce future emissions. This marks the first time China has made a commitment to protect the environment. The goal: the US will cut carbon emissions by 26 to 28 percent, while China will stop its emissions from further growth by 2030.

Reactions to this news have been mixed. Some say it's "historic" and a "breakthrough", some are skeptical that Beijing and Washington can make good on their pledge, and some even say it's simply too little too late.

Regardless of the outcome -- if they fall short of their goals or if the planet goes up in flames anyways -- it is definitely a huge move in a positive direction, and one that should be acknowledged as such.

Paul Krugman may be right on the money when he concludes in a NY Times Op Ed piece that: "The agreement between China and the United States on carbon emissions is, in fact, a big deal."

Krugman goes on to explain the reason it's a "big deal" is because it takes out one of the major lines of defense that have been erected by the Republican party that blockades action that would otherwise help save the planet.

There are three major defensive modes that have been inhibiting movement towards combating climate change: denial -- global warming does not exist and it's all a bunch of hogwash; scare tactics -- actions that cut emissions are bad for the economy because they lead to loss of jobs and impede growth; and, finally, there is nothing America can do as long as China keeps blasting out emissions at an ever increasing rate -- therefore anything we do is futile.

"Needless to say," writes Krugman, "I don't expect the usual suspects to concede that a major part of the anti-environmentalist argument has just collapsed. But it has. This was a good week for the planet."

While the union of Obama and Jinping on combating carbon emissions has, undoubtedly, generated a jolt of optimism the skepticism creeps in when it comes to the numbers. A series of scientific and economic reports have concluded that "in order to avoid the 2-degree temperature rise, the world's largest economies will have to drastically cut carbon emissions within just a few years — a rate far more rapid than what the United States and China have offered."

But, then again, it's better than nothing! And since China and the United States are the two biggest national emitters of carbon, if they can unite in an effort to save the planet than other countries should, hopefully, follow -- or, at the very least, some of the justification for not doing so will be destroyed.

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Maybe Washington and Beijing Should Look To Oregon...

Much like Massachusetts' healthcare program was used as one of the models for the Affordable Care Act, perhaps Oregon's Clean Fuels Program should be used as a model by Washington in its efforts to clean up the environment and combat rising carbon emissions. 

The Oregon Clean Fuel Program was approved in 2009 by Oregon Legislature, and its aim is to reduce Oregon's greenhouse gas pollution by lowering the carbon content of transportation fuel used in the state.

The Clean Fuels Program also "seeks to create economic development opportunities in Oregon, increase the state's energy security and reduce air pollution for healthy communities."

The idea is to lessen Oregon's dependence on Big Oil and level the playing field for local suppliers of clean fuels. The program aims to do so by way of gradually incorporating clean fuels like electricity, biodiesel, natural gas and propane into the transportation systems of the city.

The program offers not only a way to a cleaner environmental future but a brighter economic future by supporting the local economy and creating new jobs.

This is truly a win win situation. And it's a program with well defined goals, that lays out exactly how they aim to achieve said goals -- unlike Obama and Xi's wishy-washy pledge of convenience.

Learn More About Oregon Clean Fuel Program Now!

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The EPA Invests $3 Million In Green Technology and Innovative Research

Uh...That's No Typo. That's "Million", Not "Billion." 

"When we invest in research and innovation, that return on investment builds a healthy economy and a healthy environment for all of us." -- EPA Administrator Gina McCarthy


EPA Administrator, Gina McCarthy, recently announced the EPA's intention to fund nine small businesses with almost $3 million. The businesses to receive the money are located in Calif., Del., Ga., Ill., La., Ohio, N.Y., and Tenn.


The funding from the EPA is expected to aid the innovative businesses in bringing green technologies to the marketplace. During the announcement, McCarthy reiterated the EPA's "commitment to strengthening economic growth, supporting sustainable businesses, and combating the impacts of climate change."


"The small businesses receiving awards today are innovating affordable, energy efficient technologies that are strengthening our economy and building a low-carbon future while bringing a unique vision for addressing complex environmental issues like reducing harmful emissions to create a cleaner environment and enhancing recycling processes," said McCarthy.


The funding is made through the EPA's Small Business Innovation Research (SBIR) program -- a program that has been supporting small businessess and protecting the environment for over 30 years. The program has dished out a whopping $140 million over the last three decades and given 969 awards, allowing numerous small businesses to commericalize their solutions, provide jobs in cutting-edge green technologies that help protect human health and the envirionment.


SBIR past awardees have included John Rich of Nashville-based National Recovery Technologies, LLC., a small business that produced a low cost technology to recycle electronics; and Carol Ann Wedding, president of Imaging Systems Technology, a small business that developed a highly efficient, versatile water purification system, based in Toledo, Ohio.


For more information about the SBIR Program: www.epa.gov/ncer/sbir/

To be notified by email when EPA's research funding opportunities are available, sign up at: www.epa.gov/ncer/listserv/
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Join Adbusters And Go Cold Turkey The Day After Thanksgiving, Or Continue To Indulge? That is the Question.

Adbusters urge consumers to reconsider spending habits on one of the biggest shopping days of the year...

                                                        ...but there are just so many good deals!

"I'm not doing it for myself…I'm doing it for the economy!"

On November 29th Adbusters --  a Vancouver-based advocacy group -- challenges consumers (mainly shop-happy Americans) to go cold turkey for the 24 hours post their Thanksgiving Day binge.

Will this be hard to do? For most people, probably. Consumerism is heavily entrenched in our society and is the backbone of capitalism. Besides, isn't it a good thing that we get insanely good deals at least once a year -- this means less into Walmart's pockets after all.

Adbusters refers to this as a "gigantic psycho-financial-crisis of our times" and argues that this rampant consumerism wrecks havoc on Earth.

The question is then: do people buy what they don't need during Black Friday and more of it, is consumerism drastically catapulted to unnecessary degrees that negatively affect our planet or does it actually, and simply, allow us to get more bang for our buck on things we were planning to purchase anyways?

The Buy Nothing Day campaign is international and continues to gain momentum every year. But, then again, so does the insanity of Black Friday.

So, what side of the fence do you fall on? Will you be standing in that winding-around-the-corner kind of line outside your favorite store energetically participating in Black Friday or will you be cutting up your credit card, mounting a boycott and pledging to Buy Nothing at all on November 28th?


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Mary Landrieu Goes Out On A Limb For A Pipeline???" (No, that's too mixed a metaphor.)

"Keystone Gets Stuck in the Senate Pipeline." ("Yes, That's Better…")

14 Democrats joined 45 Republicans in support of the Keystone KL pipeline that would run the length of America down into Texas. However, in a nail biting vote the bill failed to pass, coming up merely one vote short of the 60 it needed to pass.

Louisiana Senator Mary Landrieu gambled with her Senate seat on Tues, 18, when she attempted to push this bill through, which has been dancing around behind the curtains of the Senate for nearly two years.

To learn more about the Keystone XL pipeline, and in a comedic manner no less, watch this entertaining as always Daily Show snippet: Jon Stewart Puts Keystone Pipeline Into Perspective.

READ MORE (Washington Post)

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"With much of the media focused on the US elections, it's very easy to lose sight of the big picture. While the elections are definitely important, we believe that the economic, environmental, social and political conditions that negatively affect most people will not improve significantly without a major change in the strategy and scale of grassroots coordination in the US and around the world.

"We believe that despite the transformative work being done globally, changemakers must begin working together on a scale we have never seen for humanity to begin to solve the core challenges we face: poverty & rising inequality, militarism & war, ecological damage & the climate crisis."

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