1975 Schwinn Continental

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

Friday, May 30, 2014

Join us at the United For Bikes Bash!

---------- Forwarded message ----------
From: "PeopleForBikes" <info@peopleforbikes.org>
Date: May 29, 2014 8:14 PM
Subject: Join us at the United For Bikes Bash!
To: "Daniel Stafford" <aquarianm@gmail.com>

People for Bikes

We are United For Bikes!

We're coming to Chicago and we would love to see you! Join PeopleForBikes, World Bicycle Relief and the Active Transportation Alliance for the United For Bikes Bash on Monday, June 2nd from 6-9pm.

The United For Bikes Bash is a celebration of the power of bicycling to change lives locally, nationally and globally and will raise funds to support the goals of all three organizations. It also marks the conclusion of our month-long campaign, United For Bikes, and the finishing day of the Ride on Chicago, a five-day charity bike ride from Kansas City to Chicago to support safer bike riding in all communities.
For $50 you get food, drinks, interactive experiences, a couple surprise guests and once-in-a-lifetime prizes.
For more information on the United For Bikes Bash or to RSVP, click here.
Hope to see you there!
- The PeopleForBikes Team
Facebook Twitter Instagram
© 2014 PeopleForBikes. All rights reserved.
P.O. Box 2359 / Boulder, CO 80306

Thursday, May 22, 2014

Illinois, we have a match!

---------- Forwarded message ----------
From: "PeopleForBikes" <info@peopleforbikes.org>
Date: May 22, 2014 9:35 AM
Subject: Illinois, we have a match!
To: "Daniel Stafford" <aquarianm@gmail.com>

People for Bikes

Double your donation with this match.

We have a match! Thanks to an anonymous donor, donations made to the United for Bikes campaign during the next week will be matched up to $10,000.

Double your support + celebrate the power of bicycles to change lives—Locally. Globally.

Share on Facebook

Share on Twitter


Facebook Twitter Instagram
© 2014 PeopleForBikes. All rights reserved.
P.O. Box 2359 / Boulder, CO 80306

Tuesday, May 13, 2014

Your Kicking Asphalt Newsletter - May

---------- Forwarded message ----------
From: "Better World Club, Inc." <kicking_asphalt@betterworldclub.com>
Date: May 13, 2014 8:17 AM
Subject: Your Kicking Asphalt Newsletter - May
To: <aquarianm@gmail.com>

May 2014


Better World Club Celebrates CO-Sponsoring The Naked Bike Ride With Our First Digital Short.

Share on Facebook and twitter and receive 500 Good Car-Ma Points!!
(Use the Hashtag #betterworldclub when you share.)

That's right. We are not above buying your love.

Better World Club Dorris

Share our video using the hashtag #betterworldclub (enter the hashtag into the message box) and receive 500 Good Car-Ma Points (redeemable for membership discounts, movie tickets, and national park passes).

Why focus on the Naked Bike Ride?

Once a year, thousands of men and women take to their bikes and "buff" up the streets of Portland (and elsewhere) to raise awareness of bicycling, body awareness, and to protest our transportation reliance on fossil fuels.

And since Better World Club is the only nationwide bicycle roadside assistance provider, we decided to spotlight this. And, to raise awareness of BWC—which means clicks, of course. (Of course, we hired a director who took off the guy's clothes! Guess we won't be maximizing those clicks.)

So help us out! Share our video using the hashtag #betterworldclub and receive 500 Good Car-Ma Points (redeemable for membership discounts, movie tickets, and national park passes).

Find Out MoreLike this on FacebookBetter World Travel

Member Alert

20% OFF Soapnutlady.com

Detergent and chemical soap alternative

Soap Nut Lady

Finding winning lottery numbers by reading tea leaves is hard. Finding effective alternatives for household cleaners is not.

Soap Nuts are an effective green alternative to the chemically laden detergents, household cleaners, shampoos and soaps found in most homes. And the SoapNutLady is a great merchant to buy them from.

Better World Club members receive 20% off on line purchases from SoapNutLady.com.

Enter the coupon code: SoapNutLadyClean1953.

WebsiteLike this on FacebookBetter World Travel

Washington Watch

EPA's McCarthy slams the agency's anti-science critics

Social science studies warn: loud, angry (anti-science) voices gain traction in public sentiment. Science reasoning must be defended loudly and passionately as well.

This report was broadcast calmly on Public Radio.

National Science Center

At this year's National Academy of Sciences' (NAS) annual meeting on Monday, April 28, EPA Administrator Gina McCarthy had some poignant words for anti-science Senators, climate deniers, and for the public who have been encouraged by some to question the validity of the EPA's research reporting.

"With science as our North Star, EPA has steered America away from health risks and toward healthier communities and a higher overall quality of life," McCarthy said. "That's why it's worrisome that our science seems to be under constant assault by a small - but vocal - group of critics."

Read More. Like this on Facebook

AAA Watch

Auto Clubs Agree: Smart Phones are a Driving Distraction.

Better World Club is taking a Pro-life position: No unprotected Texts!!

New study shows the best drivers still pull over to ask their phones for directions.

distracted drivers

Last summer, AAA assisted experts from the University of Utah in an in-depth analysis of cognitive distractions for drivers. Last month, they echoed the results of that research as they expressed concerns about the proliferation of hands-free applications for drivers to engage - specifically expressing concerns about Apple's Car Play.
Read More. Like this on Facebook

You Missed Mother's Day!?

Better World Club Members Save 10% on Organic Bouquets.

Call your Mother.

Did you forget Mother's Day? Before you spend some phone, face, or video chat time with your Mom, think about spending some of your disposable income on her happiness. She spent way more than that when you were a child - feeding and burping you, changing your diaper and buying you things when she couldn't afford to. Why did she do it? Because she loves you (and because sometimes the fight over "No" doesn't seem worth it effort).

Show your mother that she did a pretty darn good job pointing you in the right direction (even if you forgot her day of appreciation). Buy her Organic Flowers.

AND save 10% from being a Better World Club member. Login to take advantage of this offer. We'd say finding a good deal will make her proud, but we don't want to stereotype. That one you can be happy about for yourself.

Thank you every day to all of you wonderful mothers. The rest of you? Show some respect.

Login to Member Discounts. Like this on FacebookBetter World Travel

Travel Tips: Visiting National Parks

Seven Principles of Leave No Trace!

Be selfish with ice-cream and bath time. Leave that behavior behind at our state and national parks.

Glacier National Park

In looking at national parks to visit this summer, I was reminded by Baxter State Park in Maine about the Seven Principles of Leave No Trace.

Beauty, adventure, discovery, challenge, relaxation, inspiration, connection, and solitude are all reasons we seek out our state and national parks. These qualities only persist; however, if you practice and pass on Leave No Trace ethics.

1. Plan Ahead and Prepare, 2. Dispose of Waste Properly, 3. Leave What You Find, 4. Minimize Campfire Impacts, 5. Respect Wildlife, 6. Be Considerate of Other Visitors, 7. Travel and Camp on Durable Surfaces

Share the full article with your friends, and refresh your commitment to them. You are the most important steward of our parks!

Read More. Like this on FacebookBetter World Travel

Put Your Money Where Your Mouth Is

Mother's diet at time of conception can permanently influence baby's DNA

"You are what you eat." is an old adage. Apparently "You create what you eat." is equally true.

By Katherine Martinko (@feistyredhair)

We've all heard how important it is to eat well during pregnancy. Growing a baby is hard and risky work, and the better a mother eats, the healthier her child will be. But have you ever thought about the importance of maternal diet right at the time of conception?

Read More. Like this on FacebookBetter World Travel

L. International: Socially (and Globally) Responsible Market Now Using Condoms

Alas, Big Business still isn't protecting itself (or you) from viral crashes in the market.

But you can help others prevent the spread of STD's every time you [insert taboo].

Makup with Mica in it.

By Holly Richmond

At this point, it's hard to keep track of all the vegan, eco-friendly condoms. Sir Richard's makes vegan sausage sheaths and donates one to a developing country when you buy one. Sustain Condoms are fair trade and nontoxic, if slightly insulting (uh, not all women are afraid to purchase prophylactics). And of course there's Glyde, the grandpappy of vegan, ethical, fair-trade condoms.

That's even without the funny ones: Oil Spill Condoms clean up the Gulf AND... you get the idea. L. International is making a big entrance with some well-polished, socially-transmitted marketing.

Read More. Like this on Facebook

Travel Site Of The Month

Localharvest.org: Find a Local Farmer's Market Wherever You Travel.

What's the difference between "fresh from storage" produce and food right off the farm? Everything.

There are almost two million farms in the USA. About 80% of those are small farms, and a large percentage are family owned. More and more of these farmers are now selling their products directly to the public. They do this via CSA programs, Farmers' Markets, Food Coops, u-picks, farm stands, and other direct marketing channels. Would you like to support your local farmer? Use Local Harvest's map to find a small farm near you!
localharvest.orgLike this on FacebookBetter World Travel

Not a Member of Better World Club?

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

Our discounts can more than pay for your membership. BWC members save money 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!

Have a comment, rant, or suggestion? Email us!

This email was sent to aquarianm@gmail.com
why did I get this?    unsubscribe from this list    update subscription preferences
Better World Club, Inc. · 412 NW Couch St. · Portland, OR 97209 · USA

Tuesday, May 6, 2014

Streetside E-News: May 2014

---------- Forwarded message ----------
From: "Alliance for Biking & Walking" <streetside@bikewalkalliance.org>
Date: May 6, 2014 12:16 PM
Subject: Streetside E-News: May 2014
To: <aquarianm@gmail.com>

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

Register for the 2014 Leadership Retreat

Join us at the 2014 Leadership Retreat, September 5 - 8 at Antiochian Village Conference Center, an hour outside Pittsburgh, PA


Advocates are working hard to make our communities safer and more accessible for everybody - but we still have a long way to go. To become an even stronger, larger, more sophisticated movement, we need to help the best ideas rise to the top and empower the next generation of leaders


That's where the Alliance Leadership Retreat comes in. This biennial meeting of the minds is a great opportunity for biking and walking advocacy leaders to reconnect and share what really works.
We are also accepting session proposals and offering scholarships. 


8 Fascinating Facts about Biking & Walking

Biking and walking are on the rise. There is safety in numbers. People are less likely to have diabetes in states where more people bike and walk.  


These are a few of the most interesting facts from the 2014 Alliance Benchmarking Report. Hard copies are now available through our website and through Island Press. Purchase your hard copy today. 



The report -- a biennial study of biking and walking in the United States -- was released on April 16 in partnership with the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention's Healthy Community Design Initiative, with sponsorship by AARP and APTA. 


Download the 2014 Benchmarking Report, purchase a hard copy, and see all 8 fascinating facts »

Open Streets Summit Draws Organizers from 16 States, 6 Countries

At the Alliance for Biking & Walking, we're committed to spreading Open Streets to more communities. That's why we work with the Street Plans Collaborative on the Open Streets Project to spread best practices and lessons for putting on great car-free biking and walking initiatives. 


Last month, we had the opportunity to convene community leaders at the first ever National Open Streets Summit. 



The Summit featured two days of energizing discussions on how to plan Open Streets, featuring expert input from organizers. On the final day, the whole group attended CicLAvia and got a V.I.P. behind the scenes tour of the initiative.


Advocacy Advance Trains Hawaii Advocates on Maximizing Biking & Walking Funds

In April, the Advocacy Advance team joined the Hawaii Bicycling League and the Oahu Metropolitan Planning Organization for a Navigating MAP-21 Workshop in Honolulu. 


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.  



Nearly 80 people from advocacy groups, state and local agencies, local bike businesses, neighborhood boards, and elected officials' offices gathered for the workshop at the Hawaii State Capitol. Attendees resolved to increase biking and walking safety funding and facilitate greater cooperation between agencies and citizens. 


Learn more and see welcome speeches from U.S. Senators Hirono and Schatz »

Advocates Plan for Protected Bike Lanes at Baltimore Winning Campaigns Training

The Alliance recently traveled to Baltimore, MD to lead a Winning Campaigns Training. It was a successful training: 20 advocates from around the eastern seaboard plotted out efforts to make biking and walking better in their communities. 


Our major takeaway? Mid-Atlantic cities should get ready for more protected bike lanes. 


Youth Engagement and Family Biking 

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 there are more innovative ways to engage children -- and their parents -- in cycling safely and confidently.



On a recent Mutual Aid webinar, advocates discussed options for engaging the whole family in cycling. We learned about three different but equally exciting approaches to engaging parents and kids in bicycling.   


Incorporating Walking into Bike Advocacy

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.  



On a recent Mutual Aid Call, we facilitated a discussion among biking and walking advocates about the needs, opportunities, and barriers on including walking and rolling in a world more attuned to bicycling advocacy.


Webinar Recap: Going Multimodal at the
Ballot Box

As the federal funding landscape changes, more states, regions and cities are looking for local sources of critical transportation dollars. For some communities, pairing transit with pedestrian and bicycle projects or roadways are the best way to achieve success at the ballot box.



On a recent webinar, Advocacy Advance partnered with the Center for Transportation Excellence (CFTE) and the National Alliance of Public Transportation Advocates on a webinar designed to provide advocates with the necessary tools to take a transportation ballot measure from an idea to a winning measure. 

Biking and Walking Advocacy Fans: Get the Alliance's Weekly Tipsheet 

If you're an advocate, a reporter, or just a fan of progress for biking and walking, we've got an email tipsheet for you. 


Every week, the Alliance's communications director pours over the blogs of our member organizations. The most interesting tidbits go into a weekly blog post and an email list. The email list was top secret -- until now. 


Try it out for yourself - register for the Alliance weekly news roundup »

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.
  • May 13, 1:00 - 2:00 PM eastern: U.S. Federal Transportation Poilcy Update
    • Tune in for a briefing on the latest developments in US federal transportation policy and legislation. This webinar is jointly presented by the League of American Bicyclists, the Alliance for Biking & Walking, and the Association of Pedestrian and Bicycle Professionals.
  • May 28, 2:00 - 3:00 PM eastern: Walk Audits to Boost Safety and Improve Health
    • Walk audits are a great way to engage a community - everyone from local residents, agency staff, local elected officials, and businesses - to better identify barriers and opportunities to improve our built environment. On this webinar, learn how advocates have used walk audits to create safe walking environments to better connect to other modes of transportation and to improve a community's health.

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!

Register Now
Member News

Calgary Approves Downtown Cycle Track Network

Congratulations to advocates from Bike Calgary, who worked hard on a successful campaign to approve a network of protected bike lanes in the city's downtown. Read more »

Bike Pittsburgh Funds Drive with Care Campaign

Kudos, too, to Bike Pittsburgh for successfully crowdfunding their advertising campaign featuring photos of everyday people riding bikes. Since the ad campaign first appeared on city streets, the images have repeatedly gained traction online. Huzzah! »


400+ NYC Companies to Compete on Bike to Work Day  

More than 400 companies in New York City have signed up for Transportation Alternatives' Bike to Work Challenge. A winner will be named in each workplace size category, and top riders will earn sweet goodies. See the press release »


Active Trans Staffer Honored by State Attorney's Office 

Jason Jenkins of Chicago's Active Transportation Alliance received a 2014 Victim Service Award from the Cook County State's Attorney's Office for his work on the case of Hector Avalos, who was killed by a driver while riding his bike home from work last December. Learn more »


San Juan, TX Holds First Open Streets 

Over 200 residents of San Juan turned out to enjoy a car-free stroll, run, ride, or play through town. This was the city's first Open Streets initiative. Learn more »


MA Advocates Begin Work on Planned Urban Interchange 

Massachusetts advocates are drumming up support for biking and walking infrastructure in a massive, $260 million interchange project scheduled for 2017. Learn more »


Trailnet Wins Complete Streets Policy for St. Louis 

With support from an Advocacy Advance Rapid Response Grant, Trailnet undertook a campaign to urge St. Louis County Council to adopt a countywide Complete Streets Policy. See how they won »

Partner News

Dangerous By Design 2014 Release Set for May 20

On Tuesday, May 20, Smart Growth America will release the newest edition of Dangerous by Design, a report that examines pedestrian deaths across the country. The report ranks 51 major metro areas and the states on a Pedestrian Danger Index, and state-specific versions will also be available. All are invited to a webinar at 11 AM eastern on 5/20. Register here » 

League of American Bicyclists Releases 2014 Bicycle Friendly State Rankings

The League annually ranks all 50 states on how bikeable they are. The ranking looks at five categories: Legislation & Enforcement, Policies & Programs, Infrastructure & Funding, Education & Encouragement, and Evaluation & Planning. See the 2014 rankings »

Aetna Foundation Grants Available

The Aetna Foundation is now accepting grant applications for initiatives that create a better understanding of the factors that contribute to health population and weight loss, including neighborhood design and the built environment. 

A Tribute to Congressman Jim Oberstar
Congressman James Oberstar, who represented Minnesota's 8th district from 1974 until 2010, unexpectedly passed away at age 79. A transportation expert and relentless champion for biking and walking in federal legislation, Congressman Oberstar created the Safe Routes to School program. Read the Safe Routes to School National Partnership's touching tribute »

Thank you to our 
Primal Cycling Apparel Logo   
Camelbak Logo  
aarp logo

Adventure Cycling logo Breezer logo

Bike and park logo

Cascade Bicycle Club  
tern logo
Alliance for Biking & Walking | PO Box 65150 | Washington | DC | 20035