Bicycle Commuter Act One Step Closer to Reality
The Bicycle Commuter Act was included as part of the Comprehensive House Energy Bill on December 6. The Senate has unfortunately thrown out ALL tax provisions, but they will on the table during the Conference Committee meeting. Now we just are waiting for the Senate’s approval. Sadly, during the debate, two representatives made unfortunate remarks. Click here to read the viewpoints of Reps. John Boehner (R-OH) and Doc Hastings (R-WA) during the House debate (PDF, comments highlighted).
Survey Says: We're Getting Younger!
Good news from the League’s 2007 member survey….we are about six months younger than last year! Thanks to all of you who took the time to complete the survey. We are pleased to report that ninety-two percent of our members rate the value of League benefits as good, very good or excellent, and 85 percent of you believe we are effectively representing the interests of cyclists – up from 76% last year. Congratulations to Darren & Joan Blankenship, winner of the Garmin Cycling GPS. For a more detailed summary of the survey results click here.
Two Ways to Help the U.S. "Think Bike!"
Do you want to tell the Federal government what to do? Here’s your chance to speak up for bicycling. First, the Federal Highway Administration (FHWA) is looking for research projects that “could lead to transformational changes and revolutionary advances for transportation planning” (Yes, Virginia, there is a Santa Claus) in focus areas including congestion management and global climate change. Click here for more details. Second, the FHWA and their sister agency the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) are looking for input into their bicycle and pedestrian safety research program in the coming years. They are looking for a few ideas that will “address current gaps in knowledge and make an impact on pedestrian and bicycle safety." Please send your ideas via email to Ann Do email@example.com or Amanda Emo firstname.lastname@example.org by January 18, 2008.
Speaking Up for Bicycling at Bali Summit
The League is proud to be a founding member of the Global Alliance for Ecomobility, an international coalition of nonmotorized and transit interests that was launched in Bali, Indonesia last week. The alliance hopes to raise awareness of the critical role bicycling and other modes have in reducing greenhouse gas emissions. We couldn’t be in Bali for the launch, but we actively working to ensure they promote bicycling as a prominent strategy to combat climate change.
IMBA World Summit 2008
Mountain biking enthusiasts from around the globe will gather in Park City, Utah, June 18-21 for the 2008 IMBA World Summit. IMBA Summits bring mountain biking advocates, land managers, ski resort professionals, trailbuilders, tourism officials and the bike industry together for collaboration, planning and celebration. The Summit will be open to the public, and will feature advocacy seminars, trailbuilding workshops, networking, great food, parties, celebrity guest speakers and some big surprises. Topics will include the economic power of trails, sustainable trailbuilding, liability and risk management, urban trail networks, building club capacity and much more.
Help Us Climb Capitol Hill in 2008
The legendary polka dot jersey is given to the best climber in the Tour de France. Become a champion of bicycling by climbing Capitol Hill, March 4-6 as a participant at the 2008 National Bike Summit in Washington, DC. Pack your suit and discover the power you have to influence national transportation, energy, environment and health policy for the better: For bicycling. Click here to read more about the Summit, and here to register.
The future of the League’s board of directors is being decided now: Four elections are currently being voted on. Log on (with your member number) at www.bikeleague.org and make your voice heard today!
City of Miami Beach Hiring Bike Coordinator
The City of Miami Beach is accepting applications for the position of Bicycle Program Coordinator. See job posting and instructions on how to apply here.
Alta Planning + Design Seeks Mid-Level Planner
Alta Planning + Design is seeking an experienced professional to help manage their Berkeley, California, office and their California projects. The selected professional should have at least eight years of experience in planning, engineering, and/or landscape architecture, preferably some consulting experience, experience managing people, and a knowledge of and interest in the non-motorized transportation field. This person will have strong management (budgets, schedules, contracts, staff management), administration, writing, analytical, and presentation skills. Travel is a must, along with passion for our field and mission. Salaries: $70,000 to $100,000 annually depending on experience, with competitive benefits and a dynamic, fun, fast-paced work environment. Please send to Brie Becker, Human Resources Manager, by e-mail or snail mail: resume, 3 references, and portfolio that indicates relevant experience. This position is open until January 1.
Toole Design Group: D.C.-Area Jobs
Toole Design Group has immediate job openings in their Washington DC area office. They are hiring the following staff positions: Safe Routes to School Project Manager; Landscape Architect; Civil Engineer; Planner I; Executive Administrative Assistant. Visit their website to view the job announcements for these positions at www.tooledesign.com.
Looking for the Perfect Christmas Gift?
Are you feeling charitable this holiday season? There are numerous ways for you to contribute to League or give the gift of the League to friends and family. Make a contribution to the League; become a Life Member; give the gift of the League to friends and family; or ask your employer to match your contribution. Still looking for the perfect Christmas Gift? Order your new, bright, well-made League jersey today! The sales will support our work in bicycle advocacy and education.