November 27, 2006
Give the Gift of Advocacy
You can give the cyclist in your life a great gift for Christmas: a membership in America's leading bicycle advocacy organization, The League of American Bicyclists. Click here to give the gift of your favorite cyclist's dreams.
National Safe Routes to School Task Force
The U.S. Department of Transportation has established the National Safe Routes to School Task Force required by SAFETEA-LU. The group includes leaders in health, transportation, and education as well as representatives from state government, local agencies and non-profit organizations. The Task Force will study and develop a strategy for advancing Safe Routes to School programs nationwide and will be responsible for submitting to the U.S. DOT Secretary a report for Congress detailing the results of their work. For more information on the Task Force, to submit comments or be added to the Task Force mailing list, send an e-mail to SRTS@tooledesign.com. Click here to see the list of task force members, which includes LCI Leslie Thompson and several members of the Safe Routes to School National Partnership.
Update Your Club Listing for Almanac
The 2007 Almanac issue of American Bicyclist will have a new look and will be organized by state. As always, each League-affiliated bicycle club will be listed with contact information. New this year will be one FREE ride listing for each club to promote the ride of their choice. Click here for guidelines and information to include your club. Hurry: The deadline is December 1.
Europe Approves Anti-Obesity Charter
European health ministers from 53 countries have approved the world's first charter to fight obesity, vowing greater action against the epidemic of expanding waistlines across the continent. The charter, approved in Istanbul, Turkey, was drafted by the World Health Organization in consultation with its European member states. It is the first real attempt to compel national authorities to take concrete action to combat obesity, and it includes specific mention of transport initiatives. To read more, click here.
Hawaiian Cyclists Celebrate Victory
Whether they are Democrats or Republicans, bicyclists in Hawaii are celebrating an election victory. Of those who voted in the General Election, 72 percent said "yes" to Honolulu charter amendment number eight. That amendment mandates that the city make it a priority to transform Honolulu into a bicycle and pedestrian friendly city. To read more about the story, click here.
STPP Releases New Reports
The Surface Transportation Policy Project (STPP) and its many partners have completed a report on the From the Margins to the Mainstream workshop series as well as a guidebook on the federal surface transportation law. Both are valuable resources to help understand funding and policy opportunities to promote bicycling. To find out more about the new reports, click here.