November 13, 2006
BikeEd News: New Group Riding Curriculum
The League of American Bicyclists is partnering with the National MS Society to train ride leaders and participants in group riding skills. This course is a new addition to the League's renowned BikeEd program, and is specifically tailored to group rides.
The group ride training is based on a curriculum that was developed for the BP MS 150 Houston to Austin Bike Tour in 2003. This program has led to an increase in safety awareness among that ride's participants and an annual decrease in their rider-related medical transports. To learn more, contact Bill Nesper at email@example.com.
League on CFC List
The Combined Federal Campaign (CFC) is a program allowing charitable organizations to solicit contributions from employees of the U.S. government. The League has been approved as one of the charities, and our code is 1190. Tell your friends and family in the federal government to help support the League!
Complete Streets Photos Needed
Do you have photos of a Complete Street in your town, or in the U.S.? The League needs photos from Complete Streets across the country for use in our publications. We’d love to add yours to our collection -- we'll give photo credit, of course. Send photos to firstname.lastname@example.org.
Bikes Belong Awards $40,000 in Grants
Bikes Belong has awarded $40,000 in grants this month to five outstanding bicycling projects. Their funding support for these paths, trails, and other facilities will help create great places to ride in communities across the country. To read more about the grants, and find out if they affect your community, click here.
Interbike Discusses Eurobike
Interbike has responded to Eurobike’s announcement of its plans to launch a competing show in Portland, Oregon in fall 2007. “I was interested to hear the news of Eurobike’s proposed show,” said Lance Camisasca, Interbike's group show director. “We welcome competition, as it will help us do a better job. However, we are also greatly concerned about the dividing affect Eurobike’s announcement may have on the industry. Many will remember the time when the industry suffered through multiple shows resulting in additional expense and heartache. We hope the industry will continue to support the Interbike show and we promise to continue to do everything we can to make Interbike the best show for the North American market.”
The next 25 years of Interbike start with the OutDoor Demo in Bootleg Canyon, Boulder City, Nevada, September 24-25, 2007 and the Interbike Expo in Las Vegas, Nevada, September 26- 28, 2007. For more information about Interbike, visit www.interbike.com.
Oberstar a Hero in Airport Story
(Excerpted from a story by Doug Grow, Minneapolis Star Tribune)
Paul Caspersen, whose old Raleigh bicycle was cut to pieces after he couldn't find a legal place to park it at Minneapolis-St. Paul International Airport in July, got two big gifts last week. First, he got his old Raleigh back. A group of Twin Cities three-speed bike enthusiasts cut, spliced and salvaged the parts needed to put the 40-pound bike back together. But there was much more. At a news conference, U.S. Rep. Jim Oberstar said that two words would be added to the next Federal Aviation Administration trust fund: "Bicycle storage," Oberstar said of the addition he vows to make to the $3.5 billion fund. That means airports will be able to apply for grants from the fund to build places to ride and park bikes safely.
"I'm betting the first applicant will be the Twin Cities airport," said Oberstar, the 16-term congressman, who was re-elected last week.
To read more about the story, click here.
Bicycling Jobs Available
Senior Transportation Planner, GO Boulder
Join the GO Boulder team in lovely Boulder, Colo.! The city of Boulder's innovative transportation options program seeks a dynamic, creative professional to join an eight-person team dedicated to expanding multi-modal opportunities. They are looking for a senior planner who will lead their transportation demand management (TDM) efforts (non-facilities). Read the full job description here. Apply on-line, and attach a cover letter and resume. Deadline is November 17, 2006. Starting salary: $63,300 to $77,160, excellent benefits.
Advocacy Director, Bay Area Bicycle Coalition
The Bay Area Bicycle Coalition is looking to hire an Advocacy Director on a part-time basis. The Advocacy Director will work 20 hours per week and will report to the BABC Executive Director. Interested applicants are invited to send their cover letter, resume, references, and two writing samples via email only to Cole Portocarrero, Executive Director, Bay Area Bicycle Coalition, email@example.com. Applications will be accepted until 5 p.m. on November 15, 2006. Position starts January 8, 2007.
Senior Transportation Planner, Toole Design
Toole Design Group, LLC is currently recruiting a Senior Transportation Planner for their Washington, D.C. office. A broad knowledge base in transportation planning, as well as specific knowledge of bicycle and pedestrian planning and design techniques is essential. Salary range: $60,000 - $80,000 depending on qualifications and experience. If you would like to be considered as a potential candidate for this position, send a letter stating your interest in the position and your resume. E-mail responses to firstname.lastname@example.org or send to: Jennifer Toole, President; Toole Design Group, LLC; 4603 Calvert Road; College Park, MD 20740
Thunderhead Hires Complete Streets Coach
The Thunderhead Alliance has hired Dominic Liberatore as their full-time Complete Streets Campaign Coach. Liberatore will focus his time on securing complete streets policies in all 50 states by 2008 to leverage a federal complete streets policy through the reauthorization of the federal transportation law. If you need assistance with a state or local complete streets policy campaign, contact him at: email@example.com. For more information on Thunderhead’s National Complete the Streets Campaign, click here.
Save on League Merchandise
The new League jersey has been marked down online from $80 to $55. The very cool League baseball hat went from $16 to $10, and the branded mini-messenger bag is now only $29, from the original $39. These prices won’t last long, so buy these for the rider in your life (or yourself!) today!