Celebrate National Bike Month!
New Bike Month Videos & Radio PSAs
Just in time for Bike Month, the League has new radio PSAs and videos up on the site. You can download the PSAs and the videos to promote Bike Month in your area and encourage your colleague, friends and family to ride this May! For more ideas about promoting Bike Month, click here, or to learn more about planning your own event, click here. Don’t forget to email your Bike Month event to the League!
Honor Fallen Cyclists
In the midst of preparing for an awesome spring and summer of riding and cycling, don’t forget to honor cyclists who have died while riding. The Ride of Silence, held worldwide on Wed., May 16, is a great way to remind drivers to share the road while paying your respects to fallen cyclists. To learn more, click here.
Celebrate Bike Month & Sign Up for BikeEd 2007
Join the League at BikeEd 2007 in Austin, Texas on June 14-16, 2007. The BikeEd 2007 Conference (formerly the Bicycle Education Leaders Conference) is the only national conference dedicated to the critical topic of bicycle safety and education. This will be a great opportunity to network with and learn from your peers and to brush up on your teaching techniques. The program includes informative workshops on sharing best practices, improving the marketing and appeal of BikeEd, reaching diverse audiences, and teaching educators in your community. Also, thanks to the Texas Bicycle Coalition there will be 50 free loaner bikes on a first-come, first-served basis. Click here for more information or here to register. BONUS: There will also be a pre-conference LCI Certification Seminar on June 12-14. Spots are filling up very quickly. Encourage potential LCIs you know to sign up and join us at the BikeEd Conference.
Word on the Street
Cincinnati Learns from Tragedy
Last July, a drunken driver killed two Cincinnati, Ohio cyclists on a Sunday morning ride. Now, in the wake of driver Anthony Gerike's conviction for aggravated vehicular homicide April 6, the Cincinnati Cycle Club is helping make the region's roads safer. The CCC awarded $200 scholarships to 10 members to take the League's Cycling Instructor Course, which is being offered in Cincinnati for the first time next weekend. “We're hoping this will be a positive outcome from a terrible tragedy,” said Glenn Talaska, CCC’s Safety and Education Coordinator. Gerike is scheduled to be sentenced May 31. He faces up to 26 years in prison. The judge blocked out three hours for the sentencing hearing because friends, family and dozens of local cyclists are expected to speak. To learn more, contact the lawyer on the case, Steve Magas.
Park Approves Plan for Pathways
Grand Teton National Park officials have approved a transportation plan that would allow construction of 41 miles of multi-use pathways, a realignment of the Moose-Wilson Road and development of a park bus plan. The path system, expected to cost roughly $45 million, would include nine miles of paths from the park’s south boundary to Antelope Flats Road, 15 miles of path between North Jenny Lake and Colter Bay, 10 miles along Teton Park Road from Moose Junction to North Jenny Lake Junction, and 3 miles along the Moose-Wilson Road from Granite Canyon entrance station to the Laurance S. Rockefeller Preserve.
Route Verte to Launch in Quebec
This summer, the Route verte, a more than 4,000 kilometer bike route network through Quebec, will be inaugurated. As part of the celebrations, Vélo Québec is offering a technical tour to explore the various faces of the Route verte and learn about some of the technical aspects of its development. This tour is designed for route planners or managers, or anyone interested in learning more about how the Route verte was developed.
Summit Podcasts Live ...
Can’t get enough of the 2007 National Bike Summit? Podcasts of three of the most popular presenters are available online here. Click on the links to listen to Mayor Jerry Abramson, John Burke, or Chris Fortune. Thanks to the Fredcast for doing this!
Speak Up on Behalf of National Recreation
The National Forest Foundation and the American Recreation Coalition are hosting the National Recreation Forum on April 30, 2007. The National Forum complements five regional Recreation Forums conducted during March 2007. The forum will commence with four topical sessions meeting concurrently between 10 a.m. and 12 p.m. at various locations in D.C. Each topical session is hosted by leading national organizations. The forum continues with a plenary session from 1 p.m. - 5 p.m. at the American Association for the Advancement of Science Auditorium. To learn more, click here or call Mindy Meade at 202-682-9530.
Jobs & Internships
Member Resources Manager
The Thunderhead Alliance’s highest priority is to provide what our member organizations need to make the greatest impact for bicycling and walking in their communities. Working closely with leaders of our member organizations, the full-time Member Resources Manager will develop, compile, post and disseminate best practices, guides and other resources for member organizations. Technology upgrades and problem solving will also be important. The Member Resources Manager will work closely with Thunderhead’s Executive Director and other staff to increase our resources and productivity of our programs for our members. For more information, or to apply, contact Sue Knaup.
Chicagoland Bicycle Federation:
Marketing & Communications Intern
Gain hands-on experience in public relations and marketing communications with the Chicagoland Bicycle Federation. Six-month and one-year internships are now open for students who are interested in a career in journalism, marketing and communications or public relations. This unpaid internship is part-time, and class credit is available. Submit resume and cover letter to David Callahan by May 18, 2007.