1975 Schwinn Continental

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

Wednesday, April 30, 2014

Announcing: United For Bikes

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To: "Daniel Stafford" <aquarianm@gmail.com>

People for Bikes

Celebrate the power of bicycles to change lives.

This National Bike Month, we're teaming up with international bike non-profit World Bicycle Relief to celebrate the power of bicycling to change lives, no matter where you live.

Please watch our United For Bikes campaign video and join the celebration!

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Friday, April 25, 2014

Food by Bike: 9 Pedal Powered Businesses Focused on Good Food | Care2 Causes


Wednesday, April 16, 2014

4 Fascinating Facts about Bicycling and Walking

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Date: Apr 16, 2014 10:07 AM
Subject: 4 Fascinating Facts about Bicycling and Walking
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Dear Daniel, 


How does your state stack up on bicycling and walking? 


Today, we are releasing Bicycling and Walking in the United States: 2014 Benchmarking Report, a massive compendium of data on bicycling and walking in all 50 states, the 52 largest U.S. cities, and a select number of midsized cities. 


The Alliance produces the Benchmarking Report every two years in partnership with the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention's Healthy Community Design Initiative. The report comprehensively examines bicycling and walking transportation across the U.S. and how these trends relate to public health, safety, and social and economic well being.


There's a TON of really fascinating data in this year's Alliance Benchmarking Report. See for yourself: download the 2014 Benchmarking Report.




For a sneak peek, check out four of the most fascinating facts from the report below.



1. We're seeing small but steady increases in the number of people biking and walking to work.


The average large American city experienced a 5.9% increase in population from 2000 to 2010 without comparable increases in land mass, and budgets are tight across the board. Both of these factors point to a need to find cost-effective modes of transportation that move people without taking up more space.  




2. There are lower bicyclist and pedestrian fatalities where there are more people are biking and walking.


There is safety in numbers. 


In the graph below, orange dots represent pedestrian fatality rates -- i.e., the number of people who have died while walking as a portion of the number of people who walk to work. The grey line indicates the percentage of the population who bikes to work, and the green line shows correlation between the two.



3. More people tend to bike or walk to work when a city has strong biking and walking advocacy. 


In 1996, there were just a handful of state and local biking and walking advocacy organizations and only 10 full time staff working on these issues. Now, there are over 230 state and local biking and walking advocacy groups and over 500 full time staff. 


A growing number of concerned citizens are organizing for safer, more accessible streets for walking and bicycling. 


And there is a positive correlation between the number of people who bike and walk to work in a city and the incomes and staff sizes of those cities' biking & walking advocacy organizations:




4. A large percentage of commuters bike and walk to work in Alaska, Oregon, Montana, New York, and Vermont. 


Not so much in South Carolina, Atlanta, Mississippi, Tennessee, and Texas. 


Here's a map of bicycling and walking levels by state across the country: 




Think this is interesting? Download your copy of the 2014 Benchmarking Report here.





Mary Lauran Hall

Communications Director

This email was sent to aquarianm@gmail.com by info@peoplepoweredmovement.org |  
Alliance for Biking & Walking | PO Box 65150 | Washington | DC | 20035

Wednesday, April 9, 2014

Yup, Summer'Coming

The Mowercycle - creator unkown, but all over Facebook.


Ride on,


Wednesday, April 2, 2014

Streetside E-News: April 2014

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Subject: Streetside E-News: April 2014
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The latest news in state and local biking and walking across North America

2014 Benchmarking Report Drops April 16;
Get a Sneak Peek

The United States' biggest bundle of data and stats on biking and walking is about to debut - and you can have a front row seat. 


Every two years, the Alliance releases Bicycling and Walking in the United States: Benchmarking Report in conjunction with the Centers for Disease Control. This report is a comprehensive resource on all things active transportation in the U.S. 


The 2014 Benchmarking Report will be officially released on Wednesday, April 16 - but you can get a sneak peek on our First Look webinar on Wednesday, April 9. 

From ranking all of the states and major cities on bicycle and walking friendliness to showing connections between public health and transportation, this report answers nearly every question you could have about bicycling and walking in the United States. 


Inaugural Southern States Caucus Regional Retreat a Success

This past weekend, Executive Directors from statewide organizations in the South met at the end of the Texas Trails and Active Transportation Conference in Fort Worth. 


This gathering of paid staff launches the Southern State Regional Caucus, and participants look forward to following up with colleagues in the South to strategize political strategy and build organizational capacity at the Alliance Leadership Retreat and beyond. 


Read Brent Buice's big takeaways on the Georgia Bikes blog »

Advocacy Advance Brings Navigating MAP-21 Workshops to Orlando, FL and Concord, NH

The Advocacy Advance team - our partnership with the League of American Bicyclists - just visited two communities on the eastern seaboard to deliver Navigating MAP-21 workshops. These workshops bring advocates and public officials together to set their communities up to maximize public funding for biking and walking under the current federal transportation bill.  



The Orlando session brought together planners, engineers, elected officials, advocates, and business leaders. In Concord, Governor Margaret Hassan, Senator Jeanne Shaheen, and Congresswoman Carol Shea-Porter made appearances to emphasize the need for safe and accessible infrastructure for people who bike and walk. 


So far, Advocacy Advance has facilitated 21 funding workshops in 19 states, directly resulting in over $27.7 million in public funding won for biking and walking infrastructure and programs.  


Read more about the Orlando and Concord workshops »

Winning Bicycling & Walking Projects in TIGER 6 

The U.S. Department of Transportation recently announced its call for applications for the TIGER Discretionary Grant program. Applications for $600 million total in funding are due April 28th.



To prepare advocates and agency staff for the application process, Advocacy Advance - the Alliance's partnership with the League of American Bicyclists - held a webinar with news about the sixth round of grants and helpful tips from successful past applicants. 


Collaborating with Health Stakeholders

There's no doubt that bicycling, walking, and public health all go together. But how can biking and walking advocates better engage with the health community to bring robust biking and walking networks to our communities? 



On a recent Mutual Aid Call, stakeholders from the public health community shared how advocates and agency staff can communicate, collaborate, and partner with health stakeholders to increase physical activity and wellness. 


Missed the call? We've got you covered.   


Oakland Advocates Plan Winning Campaigns

Over a picturesque sunny weekend, nearly 50 advocates gathered together for the Alliance's Winning Campaigns Training in Oakland, California hosted by Bike East Bay.



Throughout the weekend, participants learned key campaign elements - everything from campaign issue definition to power mapping to how to build relationships with elected officials to fundraising. By the end of the weekend, participants had put together 24 impressive campaign plans to get started on. 


Learn more about the training »

The Biking & Walking Boom, in Two Maps

It's hard to shake the feeling that North America is going through a walking and bicycling revival -- in large part because advocates are working hard to make it happen. 



But has active transportation advocacy really grown that significantly in recent history? We pulled together a couple of maps to find out.  


See what we found when we compared advocacy organizations in 1998 and 2014 »

Webinar Recap: Twitter for Media Relations

Twitter is useful for fueling engagement with your supporters and getting the word out about your issues. But it can also be a helpful tool in another communications arena: media relations.



On a recent webinar with the League of American Bicyclists, we shared tips on how biking and walking advocates can use Twitter to connect with reporters and get active transportation issue in the news

In Citi Bike's Success, Advocates Played Important Role

Less than a year since Citi Bike launched, the system has seen over 6.7 million trips. During the summer and fall, New York saw an average of 31,000 trips every day on the big blue bikes. 



No one single factor guaranteed this bike share program's successful freshman year. But having a strong local non-profit organization that is invested in making the system a success was a crucial piece.  

Campaign Spotlight: The Little Trail that Could

For a small, all-volunteer organization, TRED Rome/Floyd County has big dreams. Julie Smith and her team wanted to build a network of trails around her Georgia county, but the advocates weren't sure how to start. 



Thanks to a scholarship from Georgia Bikes, Julie attended an Alliance Winning Campaign Training and learned how to plot out and complete a successful advocacy effort. Now, her trail system has funding. 


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.
    • When it comes to teaching kids how to ride bikes, nearly every advocacy organization offers programming like bike rodeos, skills classes or helmet fittings. But what are some innovative other ways to engage children-and their parents-in cycling safely and confidently even before children reach school age? We'll hear about options for engaging the whole family in cycling from organizations that are committed to supporting cyclists of all ages. 
  • April 8, 1:00 - 2:00 PM eastern: Federal Policy Update
    • Tune in to hear from League of American Bicyclists staff about the latest news from Capitol Hill. Presented by the League of American Bicyclists, Alliance for Biking & Walking and Association of Pedestrian and Bicycle Professionals. 
    • Every other year, the Alliance releases Biking & Walking in the United States: Benchmarking Report. This compendium of active transportation data and research combines many disparate sources into one, making it an essential source for advocates, decision makers, and reporters. The 2014 Benchmarking Report will be released on April 16, but participants in this webinar will have the opportunity to get a sneak peek.  
  • April 15, 3:00 - 4:00 PM eastern:  Going Multimodal at the Ballot Box
    • Advocacy Advance is partnering with the Center for Transportation Excellence and the National Alliance of Public Transportation Advocates on this webinar designed to provide advocates with the necessary tools to take a transportation ballot measure from an idea to a winning measure. 
    • Building a better world for active transportation doesn't just mean making bicycling safe and comfortable - it also means making our neighborhoods better for walking and for getting around with mobility assistance devices. Join this call to learn how bike advocates can use their platforms and organizational strengths to incorporate walking and accessibility advocacy into their work. 

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

Complete Streets Coalition Forms in Milwaukee

Wisconsin Bike Fed is forming a coalition of neighborhood groups, healthcare providers, businesses and political entities to create a formal Complete Streets Policy for Milwaukee. Read more »

Bike Pittsburgh Crowdfunding Drive with Care Campaign

The massively popular (and somewhat viral) advertising campaign featuring photos of everyday people riding bikes is up for funding in Indiegogo. Check it out »


New Economic Impact Study from Victoria, BC  

The new study from shows that about half of people shopping downtown arrived on foot or by bike. People who biked or walked to shops spent about as much as people who drove or took transit - findings that are consistent with similar past studies. More »


Virginia Passes Three Foot Passing Bill 

The new legislation marks the state's first pro-bike legislation in recent history. More »


Delaware to Fund "Bicycle Highway"  

The Wilmington Area Planning Council approved a transportation plan that included funding for a 7 mile, ten foot wide bike path between downtown Wilmington and downtown New Castle. Learn more »


Bike Easy Announces New Executive Director 

Following the departure of Jamie Wine, the New Orleans organization has named Naomi Doerner as their new leader. Naomi comes from Tulane University's KidsWalk Coalition, a Tulane University program supported by the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation. Read more »

Partner News

League of American Bicyclists Launches National Bike Challenge 

The new National Bike Challenge platform includes new features for users and local organizers. New this year: a webinar for local advocacy groups interested in hosting a local challenge. Read more »

Technical Assistance Offered for Rural Design

The Citizens' Institute on Rural Design has issued a request for proposals to rural communities facing design challenges, such as Main Street revitalization and designing community-supportive transportation systems. Learn more »

Grants Available Through Voices for Healthy Kids

The American Heart Association and the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation have joined forces to launch Voices for Healthy Kids. Grant opportunities within this initiative aim to make effective investments in ongoing state, local and tribal public policy issue campaigns in order to increase public policy impact on healthy weight and living among children. Learn more »

CDC Health Impact Assessment Grants Due April 28

Nonprofit organizations are eligible for these grants to support HIA studies for improved community design. Learn more »

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