Bike to Work Week is Almost Here
Win a Commuter Bag for Bike to Work Day
Share your best bike to work day stories (in 200 words or less!) and 10 lucky winners will get this awesome backpack from the SealLine Urban Line (worth $120!) and publication in American Bicyclist, the League’s bi-monthly magazine. We’re looking for creative, funny, poignant, or just plain inspiring essays about biking to work. The essay can be about this year (after May 18, of course) or previous years.
To make it interesting, there are two deadlines: Five winners will be selected from stories we receive by Friday, May 11 about previous Bike to Work Day stories, and published in the May/June issue; and five winners will be selected with stories from this year’s event, with a deadline of Friday, May 25, and published in the July/August issue. Include a recent photo, on your bike if possible, and send to firstname.lastname@example.org. Special thanks to SealLine for sponsoring this contest!
Bike to Work Day Events Nationwide ...
Thirty states and more than 100 communities now have events for Bike to Work Week on the League’s site. Check out what’s happening in your city here, or tell the League about new events by emailing us. And don’t forget to ride your bike to work!
BikeEd: Tranforming Bike Education
Energizing BikeEd: Lynette Chiang
Lynnette Chiang, spokesperson and bike evangelist, is one of the featured speakers at BikeEd 2007. Opening the event on Thursday evening, Chiang will address attendees about marketing, bicycle education, and transforming people’s lives through bicycling. Afterward, there will be an informal question and answer session, and a chance to get to know the woman behind Bike Fridays …
Innovative Solutions for Safe Routes to School
Risa Wilkerson, chairperson of the Safe Routes to School National Partnership and vice president of active communities with the Michigan Governor’s Council on Physical Fitness, Health and Sports, will be a keynote speaker at BikeEd 2007. She is a long-time advocate for active environments, and will inspire attendees about how BikeEd and Safe Routes to School are helping to transform the way children get to school.
Speaking Truth to Power
In addition to more than 20 bicycling educators and advocates who will inspire and impress at BikeEd 2007, Rep. Michael McCaul (R-TX) and Rep. Lloyd Doggett (D-TX) have been invited to attend. These men understand the power of bicycling, and the importance of education, and will speak about how they are helping to transform Texas for bicycling. Speaking of which …
Austin Designated a Bicycle Friendly Community
Austin, Texas and San Luis Obispo, Calif. joined the ranks of silver-level Bicycle Friendly Communities in the last round of the League’s popular program, which is generously sponsored by Bikes Belong. Other awardees were LaCrosse, Wis.; Park City, Utah; and Salt Lake City, Utah, all at the bronze level. Fifteen other communities renewed their designations at the same levels. Come ride in Austin at BikeEd and see how this community has been transformed for cyclists.
Sign Up Today to Save $100 ...
These are just some of the highlights of the sure-to-be-exceptional BikeEd 2007 Conference. Rates are discounted $100 until May 14, 2007, so act now. Educators, advocates, and passionate cyclists will leave this conference with new ideas, better techniques, and strong marketing plans. Register today.
Word on the Street
League Launches Blog
Word on the Street League Launches Blog Floyd Landis is in the news again … at www.bikeleague.org/blog, where Andy Clarke, executive director of the League, discusses the case against Landis and Clarke’s case in favor of him. Click here to read, and check back frequently for updates!
Women Cyclists: Watch Out!
Excerpted from the Times of London
A new British study reports that women cyclists are far more likely to be killed by a truck because, unlike men, they tend to obey red lights and wait at junctions in the driver’s blind spot, according to a study. The report suggests that some cyclists who break the law by jumping red lights may be safer and that cycle feeder lanes may make the problem worse. The Times obtained a copy of the study, which says that 86 per cent of the women cyclists killed in London between 1999 and 2004 collided with a lorry. By contrast, lorries were involved in 47 per cent of deaths of male cyclists. Click here to learn more …
Houston, Texas Gets Bike Racks on Buses
After 10 years of promises, failed pilot studies, but thanks to dedicated efforts of local advocates, Houston’s transit authority, Metro, is finally placing bike racks on all 800 local service buses between April and December 2007. In addition, luggage compartments on commuter buses will (once again) will allow for two bicycles.
Updated Adventure Cycling Lewis & Clark Maps
If only they’d had Adventure Cycling maps — Lewis and Clark surely would have had an easier time — and a lot more fun, getting across the West to the Pacific. Though it’s a couple centuries too late for the pioneering captains, modern-day adventurers looking to travel their historic route need only their bicycles and Adventure Cycling’s newly updated Lewis & Clark Trail maps.
This Just In ... Tennessee Gets 3-Foot Passing Law
As of May 3, Tennessee has a three-foot passing requirement! Way to go, Tennesseans …
Searching for Bicycle Leaders
LA County Bicycle Coalition Needs Exec. Director
Los Angeles County Bicycle Coalition, the premier bicycle advocacy group in Southern California, seeks a dynamic, solutions-oriented, proven leader with a minimum of three-years non-profit professional management experience for the position of Executive Director to promote bicycling safety, education and access throughout the large and diverse Los Angeles County region. To learn more, or to apply, email@example.com or click here www.labike.org.
BikeWalk Virginia Seeks Executive Director
BikeWalk Virginia is seeking a full-time Executive Director. This person will be an effective leader and spokesperson in forging relationships across the state in addition to directing programs, events, membership, finances, and office operations. The job will be located in Richmond or Williamsburg. The start date will be between July 1 – August 1, 2007. Mail a cover letter and resume by May 18 to: BikeWalk Virginia, Executive Director Search Committee, PO Box 203, Williamsburg, VA 23187-0203. Click here to see the full job description.
Cambridge, Mass. Hiring Transportation Planner
Cambridge, Mass. is hiring a Transportation Project Planner for their Environmental and Transportation Planning Division. The job will be part of the city’s innovative transportation planning efforts. The project planner will act as a project manager of transportation infrastructure projects. The planner will work closely with other Community Development Department and city staff, regional state and federal transportation agencies, community groups, and local business representatives. To apply, submit two copies of your resume and letter of interest to the Personnel Department, Room 309, City Hall, 795 Massachusetts Avenue, Cambridge, Mass. 02139. Fax 617-349-4312 by May 15.