Bicycle Friendly State Deadline: This Friday!
This Friday, July 11, is the first-ever deadline for the Bicycle Friendly State Ranking Questionnaire. The League's Bicycle Friendly Community program has expanded in 2008, and this year we are ranking the states in bicycle friendliness. The League has established standardized criteria, and now the bicycle coordinators of all 50 states are filling out the online questionnaire. Make sure your state bicycle coordinator is aware of the program and is answering the questionnaire! Rankings will be released in September in Seattle at Pro Bike/Pro Walk. Contact Jeff Peel at the League with any questions. Also, the fall round of Bicycle Friendly Community applications are due August 15, along with applications for the first Bicycle Friendly Business awards.
Starting to Solve the Fuel Crisis ...
Congressman Earl Blumenauer (D-Ore.) has announced his proposal for immediately reducing the impact of rising gas prices. Rep Blumenauer’s bill will have the federal government invest in communities, transportation choices, and affordable location-efficient housing. “Gas prices have shot up by more than a dollar a gallon in the last few months,” said Congressman Blumenauer. “As much as we all want a simple solution to the complex energy puzzle, there is no silver bullet. One thing we can do now is give people more choices. My proposal includes everything from offering a tax credit for carpooling to helping transit agencies cope with rising fuel prices and demand by funding fare subsidies, service improvements, fuel purchases, and technology assistance. These are short term actions that will immediately provide relief from rising energy costs.” To read more about the bill, click here. Blumenauer is a longtime advocate and supporter of bicycling.
Speak Up for Federal Bicycle Research
The Federal Highway Administration (FHWA) seeks suggestions from bicycling and pedestrian professionals, as well as advocates, in regards to lines of research that should be pursued within the Bicycle/Pedestrian and Health topic area of the 2009 Surface Transportation Environment and Planning Cooperative Research Program (STEP). STEP, established in the last transportation bill, provides research funding for FHWA to better understand the relationship between surface transportation, planning and the environment. Non-motorized transportation (i.e., Bicycle /Pedestrian and Health) is a specific area emphasized in the STEP. This is a great opportunity to demonstrate to the leadership at the Department of Transportation (USDOT) and FHWA that there is great interest from bicycle/pedestrian stakeholders in advancing national initiatives to ensure greater federal investment in transportation infrastructure and that expanding funding for bicycling programs is necessary and appropriate. Please take a moment to visit the FHWA website link to participate in the process and share your comments. Even a quick e-mail that says, "I support more bike research as a priority," would be helpful.
Last Chance to Join the League's Rally
The League's 2008 Rally in Maine is this weekend! But it's not too late to register. Join us for an excellent weekend of riding and enjoying the excellent hospitality of the Bicycle Coalition of Maine. Read all about the rides and more by clicking here—then register today!
Bicycle Resolution Co-Signed by Many Mayors
On Monday, June 23, the U.S. Conference of Mayors adopted resolution “Ensuring Bicycling Is Integrated into National Transportation, Climate, Energy and Health Policy Initiatives” as Conference policy. Thanks to everyone that asked their mayor to sign on in support of the resolution, there is a great list of co-sponsors and the resolution sailed through the Transportation Committee and the Children, Health and Human Services Committee. The following is a list of cosponsors as it appeared in the resolutions book brought before the Members: The Honorable Chris Koos, Mayor of Normal; The Honorable R.T. Rybak, Mayor of Minneapolis; The Honorable Bob Foster, Mayor of Long Beach; The Honorable Manuel A. Diaz, Mayor of Miami; The Honorable Allen Joines, Mayor of Winston-Salem; The Honorable John Marchione, Mayor of Redmond; The Honorable Marty Blum, Mayor of Santa Barbara; The Honorable Jim Brainard, Mayor of Carmel; The Honorable Al Larson, Mayor of Schaumberg; The Honorable Ron Littlefield, Mayor of Chattanooga; The Honorable Joe Riley, Mayor of Charleston; The Honorable John Hickenlooper, Mayor of Denver; The Honorable Elaine N. Walker, Mayor of Bowling Green; The Honorable Jerry Abramson, Mayor of Louisville; The Honorable Peter Lewis, Mayor of Auburn; The Honorable Richard Kaplan, Mayor of Lauderhill; The Honorable Kevin Foy, Mayor of Chapel Hill; The Honorable Richard Moccia, Mayor of Norwalk; The Honorable Christopher Cabaldon, Mayor of West Sacramento, CA; The Honorable John Robert Smith, Mayor of Meridian; The Honorable William Wynn, Mayor of Austin; The Honorable Bill Mischler, Mayor of Pinellas Park; The Honorable Elizabeth Kautz, Mayor of Burnsville; The Hon. Christopher Coleman, Mayor of St. Paul; The Honorable Ron Tussing, Mayor of Billings; The Honorable James Cavanaugh, Mayor of Goodyear; The Honorable Ken Flatto, Mayor of Fairfield; The Honorable Bill Bogaard, Mayor of Pasadena; and The Honorable David Pope, Mayor of Oak Park.
Interbike to Remain in Las Vegas
After two years of collecting potential host city data and retailer, manufacturer and industry partner feedback, Interbike management has announced the trade show will remain in Las Vegas, and that they are currently finalizing an agreement with the Sands Expo and Convention Center to host the industry's show for a minimum of three more years, beginning with the 2010 show. “The decision to keep the Interbike show in Vegas comes after years of research and communication with our retailer attendees, exhibiting manufacturers and important industry partners,” said Lance Camisasca, Interbike's industry consultant.
Adventure Cycling Looking for Nominations
Adventure Cycling Association is seeking nominations for three of their four annual bicycle travel awards that celebrate the heroes of bicycle travel in the U.S. Nominees are sought for the June Curry Trail Angel Award, the Pacesetter Bicycle Travel Award, and the Sam Braxton Bike Shop Award. The fourth, Adventure Cycling's Volunteer of the Year Award, is selected directly by the organization. Nominations for 2008 awards are open July 1 through September 30, 2008. For further details visit www.adventurecycling.org/awards or contact Becky Douglas at (406) 721-1776 ext. 235, or firstname.lastname@example.org.