1975 Schwinn Continental

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

Wednesday, February 26, 2014

Kicking Asphalt February 2014

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February 2014


BWC Recycled, Refurbished, and Revamped our Website: 20% Off New Members Celebration.

Celebrate our new fancy new site launch with 20% off new memberships: FDAY2014

Suffering nostalgia over the old site? Don't worry, you can still find the old pages by contacting the NSA.

Happy Website Day!!! We launched the new version of our website on February 1, 2014. Over the course of the month, we have been making minor changes and adding content. You may notice significantly fewer pages than our previous website. Some of the content was out of date, and some of the resource pages are still being redesigned and content updated or removed, but the bulk of who we are and why we are such a great auto club is up and ready for you to use and share with your friends.
To celebrate the launch of our new site, New Memberships are 20% Off through March 31, 2014! Share the Code FDAY2014.

Note: For folks renewing in February and March, remember your principles of fairness from Kindergarten. We want to show equal value the other months in class, so we can't give you an extra treat.

Other site news...

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Positive News

Tesla finishes coast to coast charging network

Texans still reporting sporadic range anxiety.

Tesla Charging Station

Tesla Motors announced the completion of their coast-to-coast charging network which allows Tesla Model-S owners drive to and from most major cities and all the way across the United States. Charging stations take about 30 min and are intentionally located near major highway interchanges, close to restaurants, cafes or shopping.
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Washington Watch

New Bill would improve funding for Bike/Pedestrian projects through TIFIA

1% dedication might not sound like much, but it would mean millions of dollars for Bike and Pedestrian projects all across the United States.

Republican and Decomcratic cyclists cheer. Tea Party members sit in their cars in silence.

This Bill was introduced by Sen. Albino Sires to help better fund safety and transportation infrastructure for Biking, Pedestrians, and for Americans facing economic hardship.

The bi-partisan backed announcement came after President Obama's State of the Union Address and withholds 1% of TIFIA funds for bike and pedestrian infrastructure loans. 25% of those funds will be reserved for low-income communities.

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AAA Watch

AAA Hates Bike Lanes!

Hmm...Perhaps "Hate" is too strong...

How about "AAA Feels Bullied By Bike Lanes"

AAA: It's just not fair! Bike lanes should be wider, and cars should be allowed to use them!

In January, AAA pushed back agains Los Angeles bike lane and economic development plan, MyFigueroa.

MyFigueroa is a plan supported by Council District 9 as well as the Mayor's Office as a "signature project" to bring cycletracks, pedestrian improvements and a "road diet" to South Figueroa Street between Downtown Los Angeles and South Park near USC.

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Bike Promotion Update:

Buy a bike before 3/31/14, and your first year of Bicycle Roadside assistance is Free!

A Tran's Bay Bike Shop in San Francisco, CA added to list of participating shops

Makup with Mica  in it. Better World Club was partnering with select local bike shops in Portland, OR and Boston, MA to offer 1 year of bicycle roadside assistance for free with the purchase of a new or used bike (used bikes need love too). Shops have approached us since we've started this promotion, so now we have a shop also in San Francisco California!

If you are in the market for a bike, and you are near one of these participating shops, please support them. Submit a copy of your receipt showing purchase between 10/1/13 and 3/31/14, and you will receive 1 year of bicycle roadside assistance for free!

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Put Your Money Where Your Mouth Is

Eight Year Old Micah is Mining Mica in India for Your Makup

Conscientious consumers who think they need makeup struggle to look their children in their unpainted eyes. Many turn to Curella De vil for advice.

Makup with Mica in it.Child labour in India's mica mining industry has been a problem for years. Unfortunately, the industry supply chain is shrouded more heavily than the face of a worried woman under a dozen layers of foundation, primer, and concealer.

Recently, Fairfax Media in Australia investigated the industry and sent repeated inquiries about product sourcing to major companies such as the Estee Lauder Companies, Heritage Brands, and L'Oreal Group. These three conglomerates own most of the make-up companies you know.

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Travel Site Of The Month

Community Made Maps Across the World: Openstreetmap.org

From Boston to Bangladesh, Home Grown Geo-Drivers Have Mapped the Globe

Openstreetmap.org is a Collaborative project using community sourced data to create a map of the world. Think Google maps meets Wikipedia. This map is edited, corrected, and maintained by people like you. While map data varies around the world, Openstreetmap.org is compared favorably to proprietary (privately owned and protected) data sources.

If you are a map enthusiast, you must check this out.

For more information about openstreemap.org, see their Wiki page.

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Monday, February 10, 2014

Registration opens for April 15 Illinois Bike Summit!

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Registration is open for the third annual Illinois Bike Summit!   Join other bicycle advocates and interested professionals from around the state at the I-Hotel, 1900 S. First St, Champaign on Tuesday, April 15, 2014.  Over 200 people are expected for a day of learning and networking, meant to help you make your town more bike-friendly!


The event is co-sponsored by the League of Illinois Bicyclists and Champaign County Bikes, with help from other organizers. LIB members receive a registration discount. 


Program Format 

There will be something for everyone, as this year's Summit features more options and speakers.  Most time slots will offer breakout sessions, each with a lineup of panelists sharing a range of experiences from different parts of the state.  Add in other options including a technical training track, field trips, "coffee talks" on niche topics, and ample networking time - and you'll want to be sure to finish your taxes early so you can be in Champaign on April 15! 


The main program of the Summit runs from 10am-4:15pm, starting with a session on IDOT's new Bicycle Transportation Plan.  IDOT Secretary Ann Schneider will summarize the plan, and LIB's Ed Barsotti will describe implementation priorities of the bicycling community.

Breakout session topics throughout the day include:

  • Local bike advocacy case studies
  • Bicycle-Friendly Universities
  • Trail project successes
  • The Bronze Age of Champaign-Urbana:  The Making of Two Bicycle-Friendly Communities
  • Health community/bike advocacy partnership case studies
  • Education and enforcement
  • Mountain biking facilities
  • Enhancing your own bicycling
  • Bike sharing programs


  • A 3-hour "Turning Complete Street Policies into Good Practices" technical training session will be offered in the afternoon for agency staff, consultants, and interested advocates.  Continuing education credit will be offered to engineers (PDH) and planners (AICP CM).
  • Bring your bike for an hour long early morning ride through the Champaign and Urbana Communities and the U of I campus.  The ride will leave the I-Hotel Parking Lot at 7:00 am and is being led by members of the Prairie Cycle Club, Champaign/Urbana's social riding club that has been organizing rides for local riders since 1971.
  • The very popular "Coffee Talks" of past summits will be held again from 8:30-9:30 am at the I-Hotel.  Topics tentatively include:  Producing your First Bike Map, Running a Community Bike Workshop, Bike Counts & What we learned from our first Campus Bike Census, Bike to School Day, and Bike to Work Day events.
  • Our post conference reception tradition will continue at the 2014 Summit.  So plan to hang out for a bit longer at the I-Hotel for some refreshments and extended networking time before you leave.


Watch www.illinoisbikesummit.org for further Summit and speaker details, closer to the date.


It's a day you don't want to miss!  Be sure to tell your friends, too.


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Tuesday, February 4, 2014

Streetside E-News: February 2014

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

Join Us at the National Open Streets Summit

Want to bring Open Streets to your community, or scale an existing initiative? You can do it ... and we can help. 



At the National Open Streets Summit -- April 4 - 6 in Los Angeles, CA -- you'll learn the techniques that have enabled Open Streets to flourish in over 100 cities across North America. And because the Summit will be co-hosted with CicLAvia, you'll get to see Los Angeles' huge Open Streets initiative in action -- and learn directly from its organizers.  


Register this month to take advantage of the early bird price. Members get a $100 discount off the ticket price; email Megan for the discount code. 


VOTE: 10 Stellar Organizations Nominated for Bicycling Magazine People's Choice Award

Since 2009, the Alliance has held the Advocacy Awards to recognize excellence in the bicycle and pedestrian movement. 


And this year, we're thrilled to partner with Bicycling Magazine to offer the People's Choice Award -- an award decided by popular vote that will celebrate one exceptional effort to get more people pedaling. 



There are ten amazing bike advocacy organizations up for consideration over at Bicycling.com. Vote for your favorite -- if you can decide!


And don't forget to mark off your calendars to join as at the 2014 Alliance Advocacy Awards on the evening of Monday, March 3 in Washington, DC, presented by Bicycling Magazine


Alliance Members: Join the Advocate Mentorship Program

Are you a newer advocate looking for mentorship in the field? Or a seasoned leader with capacity to coach a newer member of our movement? 


Apply to join the Alliance's Advocate Mentorship Program. Through this program -- now in its second year --  we pair new or emerging advocates with more experienced staff in the active transportation advocacy space.  



The commitment is small, but the returns could be huge for the confidence and strength of the bicycling and walking movement. 


Apply by February 12 to participate »

New Report: Protected Bike Lanes Mean Business

As the economy bounces back and Americans flock to urban centers, city leaders and business leaders have discovered an unexpected tool to create opportunities in downtown economies: the protected bike lane.



In a new report from PeopleForBikes and the Alliance for Biking & Walking, 15 entrepreneurs and business leaders from major U.S. cities explain how protected bike lanes -- on-street lanes that are physically separated from automobile traffic by curbs, planters, parked cars or posts -- have meant big benefits for their companies. 


Organizing State Bike / Walk Summits

More and more advocates across the United States are organizing annual state summits to push active transportation forward at the state level. On this call, we heard from advocates and experts in the field about best practices and tips on how to organize an effective summit.



On a recent Alliance Mutual Aid Call, we heard from statewide organizers and national experts about how to make annual state summits effective, impactful, and inspiring. 

Unlock Bike/Ped Dollars for Your Community: Apply for a Navigating MAP-21 Workshop

Since the latest federal transportation bill passed, some states and communities have not yet taken advantage of new opportunities to fund biking and walking projects and programs. 



If you'd like to focus on opportunities for your community to unlock local, state, and federal funding for biking and walking, bring Advocacy Advance to your town. 


Advocates and public agencies can partner to apply to host Navigating MAP-21 Workshops. At these customizable trainings, participants gain the knowledge, skills and resources to access untapped or under-utilized federal active transportation funding. 


And if you're in Florida, New Hampshire, or Hawai'i, you can sign up for these already scheduled workshops. 

Registration Open for Oakland and Baltimore Winning Campaigns Trainings

This year, Alliance trainers will be hopping all over North America to help local biking and walking advocates win bigger in their communities. Next up: Oakland and Baltimore!



In our signature Winning Campaigns Trainings, we train advocates and concerned citizens on how to design and win campaigns to make their communities better. In just three days, participants learn key organizing tactics in strategizing, funding and conducting campaigns that transform the transportation landscape in their cities and states.  


Registrations are now open for two upcoming Winning Campaign Trainings: March 21 - 23 in Oakland, CA and April 11 - 13 in Baltimore, MD.  

Welcome, New Alliance Board Members

This year, the Alliance welcomes four new stellar advocates and practitioners to our board of directors. 



Jill Chamberlain of the Center for Prevention at Blue Cross and Blue Shield of Minnesota, Dani Simons of NYC Bike Share, Amy Ford-Wagner of Parsons Brinckerhoff, and Rebecca Serna of the Atlanta Bicycle Coalition have joined the board. 


Meet the Alliance board » 

Upcoming Webinars and Mutual Aid Calls 
Our Mutual Aid webinars and conference calls are great forums to gain insight from peers and colleagues on the most important issues in biking and walking advocacy today.
  • February 11, 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. Presented by the League of American Bicyclists, Alliance for Biking & Walking and Association of Pedestrian and Bicycle Professionals. 
    • Whether you're fed up with keeping all your donations in spreadsheets, sick of using outdated software to track volunteer hours, or are trying to integrate multiple contact databases into a in a brand new system, you'll get valuable information from this webinar on Constituent Relationship Management (CRM) systems.

      Learn from a combined panel of experienced database administrators and busy advocates like yourself how to choose and use a database to help you streamline your membership management, fundraising, communications and volunteer tracking.

      This webinar is designed to be useful for organizations seeking their first CRMs as well as organizations looking to upgrade or replace their current systems. 
  • February 18, 2:00 - 3:00 PM eastern:  Discovering State Spending on Bicycling and Walking
    • Learn about Advocacy Advance's soon-to-be released report on uncovering bicycling and walking projects listed in every state's transportation improvement program. We will discuss how states are spending their federal transportation dollars on bicycling and walking projects and how to improve state reporting of this important data.

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

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Member News

NYC Mayor Sets 'Vision Zero' Goal

In an ambitious move applauded by advocates, new New York City mayor Bill de Blasio announced an interagency partnership to move the city toward Vision Zero, the goal of eliminating traffic fatalities and serious injuries by 2024. Currently, four thousand people are injured or killed on New York City streets each year. Read more »

SF Police Commit to Vision Zero Goal

Mirroring peers in New York City, the San Francisco Police Department announced a shift in policy to focus on eliminating bicyclist and pedestrian fatalities. Read more »


Cleveland Commits to More Bike Lanes 

As part of the Rust Belt city's capital improvement plan, Cleveland has announced that it will build 70 new miles of bike lanes in the next three years. The new plan secures funding, identifies priority streets, and sets a timeline for implementation. More »


Leadership Change at Bike Utah 

Bike Utah has appointed Phil Sarnoff as their new executive director. Phil brings experience managing Salt Lake City's new bike share program and working within the Salt Lake City Division of Sustainability. More »


Outcry in LA After Mayor's SUV Strikes Woman in X-Walk 

Just months after Los Angeles police began a controversial campaign to aggressively ticket for jaywalking, an SUV carrying Mayor Eric Garcetti struck a 60-year-old woman in a crosswalk. Los Angeles Walks has called on the mayor to create a citywide Pedestrian Safety Action Plan to improve street design and address enforcement. More »

Partner News

Join Your Peers at the National Bike Summit 

For more than a decade, the League of American Bicyclists' National Bike Summit has united the voices of bicyclists on Capitol Hill to increase commitment to biking and walking. Join advocates from across the country at this annual meeting of the minds, including the National Women's Bicycling Forum. Register »

National Walking Summit Videos Online

The archive of videos from the Every Body Walk Collaborative's National Walking Summit are now online. Relive the most inspiring talks and catch the sessions you missed. Highlights include a dispatch from The Disabled Traveler, discussions of how to bring walking back to New Orleans, and lessons from youth walking advocates in California. Watch »

SOTU Analysis:

Transportation Offers Bipartisan Hope

In the State of the Union address, President Obama cited the need to direct revenue toward "rebuilding our roads, upgrading our ports, unclogging our commutes." As Congress prepares to work on a new transportation bill reauthorization, Transportation For America argues that this issue could be our best hope for bipartisanship in this Congress. Read more »

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