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  • Jim McConnon
    Subject: Bike League News Date: Tue, 01 Jan 2002 08:59:58 -0500 From: Tom Ebersold To: soundcyclists@yahoogroups.com Welcome to the League
    Message 1 of 14 , Jan 3, 2002
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      Welcome to the League of American Bicyclists' electronic newsletter,
      BikeLeague News. Feel free to forward this to fellow cyclists and others

      who may be interested, but please make sure to credit the League of
      American Bicyclists as your source. To join or learn more about the
      League, visit http://www.bikeleague.org.


      SURGEON GENERAL ISSUES CALL TO ACTION TO PREVENT AND DECREASE OVERWEIGHT

      AND OBESITY
      U.S. Surgeon General David Satcher's "Call to Action to Prevent and
      Decrease Overweight and Obesity," issued yesterday by the U.S. Public
      Health Service, outlined strategies that communities can use to help
      address these problems. The strategies include requiring physical
      education at all school grades, providing more healthy food options on
      school campuses, and providing safe and accessible recreational
      facilities, such as bicycling and walking facilities, for residents of
      all ages to take part in physical activities.

      Approximately 300,000 U.S. deaths a year currently are associated with
      being obese or overweight. This compares to 400,000 deaths a year
      associated with cigarette smoking. The costs to our society of
      overweight and obesity amounted to $117 billion in the year 2000.

      "Communities can help when it comes to health promotion and disease
      prevention," Surgeon General Satcher said. "When there are no safe
      places for children to play, or for adults to walk, jog, or ride a bike, that's
      a community responsibility. When school lunchrooms or workplace cafeterias
      don't offer healthy and appealing food choices, that is a community
      responsibility. When new or expectant parents are not educated about the

      benefits of breast-feeding, that's a community responsibility. And when
      we don't require daily physical education in our schools, that is also a
      community responsibility." Less than one-third of Americans meet federal

      recommendations to engage in at least 30 minutes of moderate physical
      activity at least five days a week. Some 40% of adults are completely
      sedentary and engage in no leisure-time physical activity at all.

      The Call to Action, a brief and highly readable booklet that should be
      powerful ammunition for families, schools and communities to promote
      physical activity and healthy weight, is available at
      http://www.surgeongeneral.gov/topics/obesity.


      NEW EDUCATION AND ENFORCMENT INFORMATION
      Http://www.bicyclinginfo.org's Education and Enforcement section
      features a wealth of cycling education and law enforcement tips, including an
      article on the Texas SuperCyclist Project (a statewide program to
      certify elementary school teachers to teach 4th and 5th grade students the
      basics of traffic safety). It also offers safety and skills information for
      kids, adults and seniors. The law enforcement section offers strategies for
      police that target both cyclists and motorists, focusing on behaviors
      that cause the greatest fear or danger. There is also education for motorists
      that stresses that cyclists have an equal right to the road.

      Also on http://www.bicyclinginfo.org is an online bicycle crash matrix
      to uncover possible engineering, education, or enforcement, or
      countermeasures, for specific types of bicycling crashes. You will also
      find an extensive list of Frequently Asked Questions about bicycle and
      pedestrian coordinators, bicycle planning and legal and policy issues.


      ISTEA'S TENTH BIRTHDAY AND LAUNCH OF NEW TRANSPORTATION CHARTER
      A gala dinner in Washington, DC on December 12 marked the tenth
      anniversary of the signing into law of the Intermodal Surface
      Transportation Efficiency Act (ISTEA) and the official launching of the
      Alliance for a New Transportation Charter. Speakers and guests of honor
      at the dinner included U.S. Secretary of Transportation Norman Mineta, U.S.

      Senators Lincoln Chafee (RI), who presented an award honoring his father

      the late Senator John Chafee (RI) to former Senator Daniel Moynihan
      (NY),
      Hilary Clinton (NY), James Jeffords (VT), and Paul Sarbanes (MD). Other
      speakers included Representative Thomas Petri (WI) and Mark Morial,
      Mayor of New Orleans and President of the U.S. Conference of Mayors.

      ISTEA made it possible for communities to use federal dollars for a
      broader range of transportation investments beyond the building of
      interstate highways. ISTEA's flexibility gave communities the mechanism
      and access to the resources to respond to the demand and need for more
      choices.

      "Ten Years of Progress," a report that documents how transportation is
      changing in the U.S., with increasing demand for more choices, increased

      investment in new solutions and changing traveler behavior, is available

      at http://www.transact.org, which also includes the New Transportation
      Charter and its endorsers. The report gives specific examples of how, in

      community after community, transportation investments are being used to
      make communities better places to live, in many cases through the
      provision of bicycle and pedestrian facilities. The amount of federal
      money spent on bicycle and pedestrian facilities grew from just over $7
      million dollars at the beginning of the decade to over $222 million by
      1999.

      A PARENT'S GUIDE TO PURCHASING KIDS BICYCLES
      Purchasing a bicycle for your child is the first step on the road to
      achieving lifelong health and fitness. While your child may be concerned

      with the look and color of the bike, your job is to focus on purchasing
      the correct size bicycle for your child. Don't purchase a bicycle that
      is too big for your child right now with aspirations that your child will
      "grow in to it." Here are key issues to keep in mind when buying a bike
      for your child:

      · The child needs to be able to stand over the top tube of the
      bicycle
      frame with both feet flat on the ground.
      · Sitting on the seat with hands on the handlebar, your child must
      be able to place the balls of the feet on the ground.
      · Straddling the top tube, your child should be able to keep both
      feet flat on the ground with a little clearance between the crotch and the
      top tube. This can vary considerably depending on the style of bike.
      · And don't forget a properly fitting helmet! Encourage your child
      to always wear a helmet by wearing one yourself.

      Bikes Belong Coalition (http://www.bikesbelong.org) provided this
      message.
      Sponsored by the American bicycle industry, the mission of Bikes Belong
      is to put more people on bicycles more often. For more information on
      bicycling for kids and a wide range of cycling tips, visit
      http://www.bikeleague.org/educenter/factsheets.htm.

      We hope you enjoy BikeLeague News. Please forward this to fellow
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      the League of American Bicyclists as the source for your information. To

      support or learn more about the League, visit http://www.bikeleague.org.




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    • Tom Ebersold
      Subject: BikeLeague News Date: Sat, 1 May 2004 14:38:12 -0700 From: To: TALK RADIO HOSTS TARGETING
      Message 2 of 14 , May 1, 2004
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        TALK RADIO HOSTS TARGETING BICYCLISTS--AGAIN
        Radio talk show hosts are targeting bicyclists again. Stations in three
        cities in the last two weeks have made disparaging, incorrect, and at
        times dangerous remarks about bicyclists and encouraged listeners to
        call
        in and share their views about bicyclists.
        On April 16, Howie Carr on Boston's WRKO-AM said, "They [bicyclists] are

        the biggest pain...if there is a sidewalk, I don't care what the law is,

        ride on the damn sidewalk, OK? You don't belong on the road. You don't.
        That's all there is to it. You belong on the sidewalk." Later on, he
        said,
        "I don't want to share the road."

        On April 23, DJs on the Don Miller show on Atlanta's WNNX-FM (99X)
        repeatedly ridiculed bicyclists. One host said, "I can't stand them,"
        and
        referred to cyclists as "bastards." Of the law giving cyclists the right

        to use the roads, they said it's a "horrible law" and that bicyclists
        should "get on the sidewalk where they belong." When a caller wanted to
        let the hosts know about Atlanta area cyclists who'd been killed in
        traffic crashes, the response was, "...and I wanna let you know how many

        people care about those cyclists." Most alarmingly, one DJ said he would

        "nudge them [bicyclists] right off the road into a tree." When
        challenged
        by a colleague that he hadn't done that, he said, "You've never done
        that?
        It's so much fun. Smoke a little weed, get behind the wheel...wheee!"

        To hear the heinous 99X broadcast segments, for more details and to take

        action to stop this onslaught of broadcast harassment, visit
        http://www.bikeleague.org None of the stations involved are owned by
        Clear Channel Communications. Last year, following a string of similar
        incidents, Clear Channel made it clear it would not tolerate such
        behavior
        on its stations. Visit http://www.bikemonth.org to hear radio PSA
        recorded
        by Clear Channel to promote bicycling and sharing the road.


        BIKE NEW YORK—TOMORROW: SUNDAY, MAY 2ND
        What? Sleep in on Sunday and miss Bike New York? Fuhgetaboutit. Bike New

        York: The Great Five Boro Bike Tour, returns to the city streets for the

        27th year ? the largest recreational cycling event in the U.S. Join tens

        of thousands of recreational cyclists, fitness enthusiasts, families and

        friends from around the globe in lower Manhattan to kick off the 42-mile

        Tour through New York’s five boroughs. See you there:
        http://www.bikenewyork.org


        MAY IS NATIONAL BIKE MONTHTM; BIKE-TO-WORK WEEK IS MAY 17-21
        Welcome to National Bike MonthTM. Have you ridden your bike lately? The
        League of American Bicyclists is also promoting Bike-to-Work Week from
        May
        17th - 21st in partnership with Shimano and Rodale, and Bike-to-Work Day

        on Friday, May 21st. Visit http://www.bikemonth.com for loads of tips on

        cycling, events in your area, the League’s Bike Month blog, to hear our
        new radio PSAs (produced by Clear Channel) and to see the League’s PSA
        for
        TV that promotes bike commuting and has been endorsed by the Ad Council.

        Contact ryan@... if your local TV station or your local radio

        station are interested in airing the PSAs. Also visit Shimano’s
        http://www.bike-to-work.com/ for a terrific commuter cycling manual,
        events in your community, and more.

        Bicycling is part of the solution to many of our nation’s problems: the
        obesity epidemic, traffic congestion, air pollution and more. Some 64%
        of
        adults and over 15% of kids are overweight today, resulting in 300,000
        premature deaths and a cost to society of $117 billion a year. Over 22%
        of
        all motor vehicle trips Americans take are less than one mile long, and
        50% of the working population commutes five miles or less to work, an
        easily bikeable distance. If the average person biked to work or
        shopping
        once every two weeks instead of driving, we could prevent the pollution
        of
        close to one billion gallons of gasoline from entering the atmosphere
        every year. Have you ridden your bike lately? What are you waiting for?


        LEAGUE HONORS NEW BICYCLE-FRIENDLY COMMUNITIES
        The League kicks off National Bike MonthTM by awarding 11 communities
        its
        prestigious Bicycle Friendly Community (BFC) designation. Among the
        communities receiving the BFC designation, the standouts are Boulder,
        Colorado—which was granted the League's gold-level BFC award—and
        silver-level award winners Gainesville, Florida; Olympia, Washington;
        and
        Tucson, Arizona. The League has yet to bestow its highest-level platinum

        award to any communities. Bronze level awards went to Ashland, Oregon;
        Auburn, Alabama; Carrboro, North Carolina; Longmont, Colorado; Mountain
        View, California; Portage, Michigan; and Rockville, Maryland. An
        Honorary
        Mention was given to Milpitas, California.

        The new BFCs join 27 others previously given the designation to
        recognize
        their commitment to providing safe accommodation and facilities for
        bicyclists, and for their efforts to encourage bicycling for fun,
        fitness
        and transportation. Please visit http://www.bicyclefriendlycommunity.org

        to learn more about the awards process and view the recently published
        highlights on the 2003 award-winning communities, as well as the results

        of the League's recent International Symposium on Bicycle Friendly
        Communities.


        HELP DAVIS PHINNEY FIGHT PARKINSON’S
        In the heyday of the Coors Classic, Davis Phinney was one of the event's

        marquee cyclists. Phinney was a spectator for the early versions of the
        race, then known as the Red Zinger, and decided to become a professional

        cyclist. He went on to win hundreds of races, including two stages of
        the
        Tour de France and a bronze medal at the 1984 Olympics. He was a
        founding
        member of the 7-Eleven team that was the first American squad to compete

        in the Tour de France.

        Four years ago, at age 40, Phinney was diagnosed with Parkinson's
        disease,
        a degenerative neurological disorder that gradually robs patients of
        their
        ability to move and speak. Living with Parkinson's has become Phinney's
        ultimate challenge as medications that would ameliorate its symptoms and

        improve his day-to-day living have long-term side effects. With no known

        cure in sight, Phinney has launched the Davis Phinney Foundation to
        generate funds for continuing research toward finding a cure and
        potential
        curative therapies. Please help at
        http://www.davisphinneyfoundation.com


        SOMERVILLE, MA RESTAURANT TO HOLD 8TH ANNUAL BIKE TO WORK PARTY
        Redbones BBQ in Somerville, MA, home of Bicycle Valet Parking and the
        Rib
        Rider - a custom made cargo bike used for free dinner delivery ? will
        hose
        its 8th Annual Bike to Work Week Party on Monday, May 17 starting at 5
        PM.
        The restaurant is donating all proceeds to New England Mountain Bike
        Association and MassBike. Visit http://www.redbones.com for more
        information. In 1995 Redbones introduced Bicycle Valet Parking to Davis
        Square—a first in the nation service allowing riders who come to Davis
        Square to a attend a movie or concert and grab a bite to eat without
        worrying about the security of their bicycles.


        TEENS ON SUMMER CYCLING ADVENTURE ACROSS EUROPE
        Two American teens, Clay Gilkerson and David Green, are riding from
        Vienna, Austria to Santiago, Spain, bearing their own over the Alps,
        along
        the French Riviera, and through the Pyrenees to the Atlantic Coast. They

        call the ride “The Crossing.” They are members of Young Life, a
        non-denominational, non-profit organization committed to impacting kid's

        lives and preparing them for the future. For more than six decades,
        Young
        Life has been providing strong, positive influences in the lives of
        young
        people. Visit http://www.younglife.org/International/Main.htm for
        details
        or write claycgilkerson@....


        SHINER B.A.S.H. SET FOR MAY 15 TO BENEFIT AMERICAN LUNG ASSOCIATION
        Don’t miss the 7th Annual Shiner B.A.S.H. ? Bike-Austin-San
        Antonio-Houston ? presented by Sun & Ski Sports and the Spoetzl Brewery.

        More than 3,000 cyclists will participate in the 90-mile ride, which
        benefits the American Lung Association. Routes will leave from Austin,
        San
        Antonio and Houston and take riders through small towns and scenic
        byways
        on the way to the historic Spoetzl Brewery in Shiner, Texas. Shiner
        B.A.S.H. will benefit the American Lung Association’s drive to prevent,
        control, and cure lung diseases such as asthma, lung cancer, emphysema,
        chronic bronchitis, influenza, and pneumonia. Monies raised will provide

        funds for summer camps for children, educational classes, clean air
        awareness and research, to name a few. Visit http://www.shinerbash.com
        for
        details.


        INDIANA BIKEFEST 2004/NATIONAL RALLY OF CYCLISTS: SEPT. 3-6 IN JASPER,
        IN
        Join the Indiana Bicycle Coalition and the League of American Bicyclists

        for a fun-filled long weekend of cycling in scenic southern Indiana.
        Based
        in gorgeous DuBois County, this weekend event will include both road and

        mountain biking options through the rural roads and trails of one of the

        most beautiful and unique areas of the state. More than a ride, the
        Indiana BikeFest is an event for everyone with nightly entertainment,
        daily workshops and exciting touring opportunities to attractions
        ranging
        from a winery to the French Lick scenic railway.

        Registration fees for the weekend start at $60 and include entry to
        BikeFest activities, breakfasts and lunches, an ice cream social, and
        well-marked routes with maps and cues. Join your bicycling friends and
        make new ones in Jasper, Indiana! For more information or to request a
        brochure today, call the Indiana Bicycle Coalition today at (800) BIKE
        110
        or log onto http://www.bicycleindiana.org


        GARRETT WONDERS MEMORIAL CRITERIUM JULY 17 IN WESTERVILLE, OH
        The Garret Wonders Memorial Criterium will take place July 17 in
        Westerville, OH. Wonders was killed during a training ride March 10,
        near
        Charleston, SC. A negligent pickup truck driver failed to yield when he
        attempted to pass Wonders on a narrow 2 lane against an oncoming car.
        Wonders, a familiar face on the racing scene, was an accomplished
        Category
        1 rider at age 25 with big goals like the Olympic Trials and Elite Road
        Nationals. Off the bike, he was a "can do" type of person. He earned a
        Master's Degree in Nuclear Engineering from Ohio State and worked as an
        instructor at the Naval Nuclear Power Training Command in Charleston.
        Read more about Garret at http://www.savagehillcycling.com/garrett.htm.
        The Memorial Criterium will honor Wonders for years to come. Proceeds
        will
        go to the Garrett Wonders Memorial Fund. The course will be a 4-corner
        criterium in the streets of Uptown Westerville, Ohio, featuring a wide
        range of different age group races.


        2004 PRO CYCLING TOUR SCHEDULE ANNOUNCED
        The official 2004 Pro Cycling Tour (PCT) season kicks off the week of
        June
        1 ? 6 with the Wachovia Cycling Series that includes the 20th
        anniversary
        of the Wachovia USPRO Cycling Championship in Philadelphia, followed by
        the New York City Cycling Championship presented by BMC Software, August

        1; The PCT Rocky Mountain Classic at Vail, Colorado, September 3 ? 5,
        and
        the T-Mobile International, presented by BMC Software in San Francisco,
        September 12. Lance Armstrong, 5-time Tour de France winner and cancer
        survivor, is slated to make his fourth consecutive appearance in the San

        Francisco event.

        “Each city offers its own set of challenges,” said David Chauner,
        president and CEO of Threshold Sports. “Philadelphia has its
        now-infamous,
        steep half-mile mile climb known as the Manayunk Wall, New York has
        cobble-stone streets and hair-pin turns, and San Francisco tests the
        pros
        to their limit with the 18 percent grade on Fillmore Street. The crowds
        are huge and the standard of racing as good as anywhere in the world.”

        The New York City Cycling Championship on August 1 will feature riders
        who
        have just completed the Tour de France and some of the world’s fastest
        sprinters, including last year’s winner and Olympic Sprint Champion,
        Marty
        Nothstein. Riders will again have to navigate the tight, narrow course
        near Wall Street in Lower Manhattan. The San Francisco race will feature
        a
        challenging and scenic ten-mile circuit encompassing the Embarcadero,
        Fisherman’s Wharf area and the city’s hillside neighborhoods and ethnic
        districts. With its leg-breaking climbs up the steep streets, this race
        is
        recognized as America’s toughest bike race and one of the largest
        sporting
        events on the west coast, drawing over 500,000 spectators each year. For

        further information, log on to: http://www.ProCyclingTour.com
      • Tom Ebersold
        Subject: BikeLeague News Date: Fri, 11 Jun 2004 15:26:11 -0700 From: To: The League of American
        Message 3 of 14 , Jun 14, 2004
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          The League of American Bicyclists thanks Rudy Project
          (http://www.rudyprojectusa.com) Technically Cool Eyewear, Helmets and
          Goggles for sponsoring this edition of BikeLeague News. See below for a
          special offer from Rudy.


          PRESIDENT’S COUNCIL AND CONGRESSIONAL FITNESS CAUCUS TO SPONSOR
          HEALTHIER
          US FITNESS FESTIVAL ON NATIONAL MALL, JUNE 16
          The League of American Bicyclists and some 60 other fitness-related
          companies and organizations (including Trek Bicycles,
          http://www.trekbikes.com, Nike, the YMCA, the US Soccer Foundation, and
          the Marine Corps Marathon) will participate in the Healthier US Fitness
          Festival on Wednesday, June 16 from 10:00a.m. to 3:00p.m. on the
          National
          Mall. The President's Council on Physical Fitness and Sports (PCPFS) and

          the Congressional Fitness Caucus are sponsoring the event in Washington,

          DC (between the Capitol Building and 4th Street, SW).

          The League will demonstrate the fitness benefits of bicycling through
          four
          virtual reality-inspired GameBikes™
          (http://www.cateye.com/products/accessories/game_bike.html), provided by

          CatEye Company, Ltd. Participants will be able to control the steering
          and
          speed of their bikes with their own body movement in a virtual reality
          setting, shown on a big screen television provided by Circuit City
          Stores,
          Inc (http://www.circuitcity.com). Additionally, fitness monitor devices
          will track participants’ heart rate and calories burned. Participants
          will
          be able to enter a raffle to win a GameBike™ and a Cateye PL-6000
          fitness
          monitor.

          Speakers will include Health and Human Services Secretary Tommy
          Thompson,
          U.S. Surgeon General Dr. Richard Carmona, and Congressmen Zach Wamp and
          Mark Udall. There will be a wide range of activities for children, the
          world-renowned Harlem Globetrotters will perform, and there will be
          demonstrations of a number of sports and fitness activities, including
          rugby, jazzercise, yoga, lacrosse, power walking, football, line
          dancing,
          and tchoukball. For more information, visit http://www.fitness.gov.


          HEALTH AND HUMAN SERVICES SECRETARY TOMMY THOMPSON URGES SUPPORT FOR
          EFFORTS TO PROMOTE FITNESS
          The League was pleased to learn that, at the recent Health and Human
          Services-sponsored “Obesity and the Built Environment” conference, HHS
          Secretary Tommy Thompson said, “Every road being built - you should be
          able to walk on it or ride a bike on it.” He urged public health
          advocates, “to convince city planners to provide safe streets for
          children
          to bicycle on and safe streets for people to walk on.” Thompson added,
          “Go
          to Congress and the city council and state legislatures and start
          getting
          them to buy into (the idea of improving the) built environment.” The
          League is encouraged to learn of support at such a high level of the
          administration for safer streets.

          According to Health Behavior News Service, Thompson also urged the
          private
          sector and government to join efforts to combat obesity by making
          offices,
          cities and suburbs easier places to exercise. Thompson said he has asked

          business leaders to set aside time in their workplaces for employees to
          exercise every day and said insurance companies should offer discounts
          to
          people who improve their health behavior in the same way that discounts
          are given to safe drivers. For more information, go to
          http://www.cfah.org/hbns/news/hhssec05-24-04.cfm.


          BREAKFAST WITH THE TOUR AND SUPPORT THE TYLER HAMILTON FOUNDATION
          On July 17, grab a cup of joe and watch the fireworks on the third
          mountain stage of the Tour de France from Lannemezan to the uphill
          finish
          at the Plateau de Beille. But don’t just roll out of bed and watch it
          all
          by your lonesome. Catch the action in bigger than lifesize on a movie
          theatre screen and go nuts, along with hundreds of other cycling fans.
          The
          Tyler Hamilton Foundation, in collaboration with Regal Cinemedia and
          Outdoor Life Network, will present a live viewing of Stage 13 of the
          2004
          Tour de France, at Regal Cinema theatres around the country. Guaranteed
          to
          blow your nice little plasma screen off the wall Come for breakfast,
          watch
          the Tour on the big screen while hooting and hollering with fellow
          cyclists, and support the Tyler Hamilton Foundation's twin mission to
          help
          individuals affected by multiple sclerosis and support aspiring young
          athletes with a passion for cycling. Sweet door prizes will be raffled
          off
          at each theater. Visit
          http://www.tylerhamiltonfoundation.org/tdf25.html
          for details.


          INDIANA BIKEFEST/NATIONAL RALLY OF CYCLISTS: SEPTEMBER 3-6
          Join the Indiana Bicycle Coalition and the League for a fun-filled long
          weekend of cycling in scenic southern Indiana’s DuBois County. The
          weekend
          event will include road and mountain biking along rural roads and trails

          of one of the most beautiful areas of the state. Indiana BikeFest will
          also feature nightly entertainment, daily workshops and exciting touring

          opportunities to attractions ranging from a winery to the French Lick
          scenic railway. Registration for the weekend starts at $60 and includes
          entry to BikeFest activities, breakfasts and lunches, an ice cream
          social,
          and well-marked routes with maps and cues. Join your bicycling friends
          and
          make new ones in Jasper, Indiana! For more information or to request a
          brochure today, call the Indiana Bicycle Coalition today at (800) BIKE
          110
          or log onto http://www.bicycleindiana.org.


          PAPA JOHN’S PIZZA FOUNDER AND NATIONAL CHAMPION CYCLIST INJURED IN
          BICYCLE
          CRASH
          According to the Associated Press, “the founder of the Papa John's pizza

          chain and a national champion (track) cyclist were injured in a bike
          crash
          that police are investigating as a possible assault.” The incident took
          place outside Louisville on Wednesday, June 2. John Schnatter, Papa
          John's chairman and CEO, and Curtis Tolson
          (http://www.cyclingnews.com/track.php?id=photos/2004/mar04/wcqual/IMG_5475),

          who is hoping to race in the Olympics, were hospitalized after the crash

          Wednesday.

          The Louisville Courier-Journal reported today that, “Kevin Marlett, 18,
          of
          Louisville, was charged with second-degree assault and wanton
          endangerment
          after giving a statement to police, Louisville police spokesman Dwight
          Mitchell said Friday. Mitchell said Marlett was charged after coming
          forward. There were others in the truck, all juveniles. Mitchell said it

          was still not clear whether there was any intent to harm the cyclists.”

          Schnatter told reporters after leaving the hospital that he believes
          wearing a helmet saved his life. "I really feel blessed," Schnatter said

          in a telephone interview. He said he fractured the pointy tips of two
          vertebrae in his back, but is able to sit, stand and move around. "I
          took
          a hell of a lick, but I'm OK," he said. Tolson suffered abrasions and
          possibly a broken collarbone or dislocated shoulder.

          They were riding single-file, along with Tracy Huber, when apparently a
          book was thrown from an oncoming pickup truck. Tolson was hit and
          Schattner fell over him. Huber avoided the crash and said she saw an
          object, which she later learned was a biology textbook, thrown from a
          pickup truck.

          Following the incident, “The Francene Show,” a Clear Channel radio
          84WHAS
          talk show in Louisville, invited two members of the Louisville Bicycle
          Club to its studio for a live discussion on the coexistence of cyclists
          and motorists. The cyclists “spoke about recent incidents of violence
          and
          road rage toward cyclists, attempts to improve cyclist/motorist
          education
          and efforts the city needs to make to keep all parties safer on the
          roads.” The discussion, planned to last one hour, extended to nearly two

          because of the volume of phone calls and emails the show received in
          response to the subject and guests.


          NJDOT STUDY UNVEILS NEW TRAIL ROUTE THROUGH NORTH JERSEY
          The New Jersey Department of Transportation (NJDOT), in partnership with

          the East Coast Greenway Alliance (ECGA), the nonprofit organization
          developing a 2600-mile trail connecting cities of the eastern seaboard
          for
          non-motorized users, has unveiled the new trail route for the East Coast

          Greenway (ECG) through northern New Jersey.
          NJDOT’s planning study identified a 64-mile route through 5 counties and

          22 municipalities connecting the existing Delaware and Raritan River
          (D&R)
          Canal Towpath through the Middlesex Greenway and Jersey City’s historic
          Harsimus Cove Railroad Embankment to the Hudson River Walkway--which
          will
          provide access to New York City via multiple water ferries. Visit
          http://www.greenway.org for more information on the progress of the East

          Coast Greenway Alliance.


          THE NEW “LEAGUE GUIDE TO SAFE AND ENJOYABLE CYLING”
          The recently published “League Guide to Safe and Enjoyable Cycling”
          gives
          entry-level and returning cyclists the knowledge and secrets of road and

          trail-savvy riders. The book is an introduction to the critical elements

          of bicycling safety and equipment, written to help cyclists feel safe
          and
          confident so they can experience the many joys of bicycling. It covers:
          purchasing the ideal bike, how bikes and their components work, rules
          for
          safe riding on the road and trail, cycling equipment and gear, basic
          maintenance and repairs, biking to work, improving your health and
          fitness
          through cycling, and much more. Get yours today at
          https://www.bikeleague.org/commerce/guidebook.htm. It will also be
          available shortly on Amazon.com. “The League Guide to Safe and Enjoyable

          Cycling” makes a great gift for new cyclists.


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          Bolla, Saeco, Subway Express, T-Mobile, Navigators to name a few, and
          the
          official helmet of 30% of US PRO Teams. To honor years of partnership
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          Subject: BikeLeague News Date: Fri, 25 Jun 2004 13:28:23 -0700 From: To: The League of American
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            The League of American Bicyclists thanks Rudy Project
            (http://www.rudyprojectusa.com) Technically Cool Eyewear, Helmets and
            Goggles for sponsoring this edition of BikeLeague News. See below for a
            special offer from Rudy.


            LEAGUE’S EBAY FUNDRAISER, JULY 14-18
            Can't get enough cycling action watching the Tour? Then don't miss the
            League's online auction fundraiser, July 14-18. Visit
            http://www.bikeleague.org/ for details on our eBay auction, which will
            benefit the League and our great programs like
            http://www.bicyclefriendlycommunity.org/and http://www.bikemonth.com/.
            Rare autographed cycling memorabilia from Lance and other cycling
            deities,
            sweet gear, top-of-the-line bikes, and more. Bid early; bid often!


            COLORADO SAFE ROUTES TO SCHOOL BILL BECOMES LAW
            On June 5th, Colorado’s Safe Routes to School Bill automatically became
            law without Governor Owens’ signature. Bicycle Colorado is now working
            with the DOT to help craft the Safe Routes program and make funding
            available to Safe Routes projects as soon as possible. The program will
            help alleviate the safety concerns of parents about letting their
            children
            bike and walk to school by providing for installation and improvement of

            bicycle/pedestrian trails and pathways, crossings, and paved shoulders
            along roads around schools. Safe Routes to School will also help supply
            safety signs, safety education programs, implement traffic-calming
            programs, and even divert traffic to turn dangerous streets into safe
            streets and reduce the number of pedestrians/bicyclists hurt by cars.
            Safe
            Routes also uses innovative programs like a “Walking or Biking School
            Bus,” in which an adult chaperone travels daily along a set route
            through
            a neighborhood, allowing children to walk or bike together in a group.
            For
            more information, visit http://www.BicycleColorado.org/for/SafeRoutes.


            BOSTON’S WRKO PEDALS A DIFFERENT MESSAGE
            (From the Massachusetts Bicycle Coalition, http://www.massbike.org,
            summer
            newsletter): After WRKO Talk Radio’s afternoon-drive host Howie Carr
            made
            disparaging remarks about bicyclists in April, the League of American
            Bicyclists and MassBike sprang into action. Working with WRKO program
            director Mike Elder, MassBike executive director Dorie Clark visited
            WRKO’s studios and recorded a series of twelve public service
            announcements promoting bicycling and bike safety. The station started
            airing these announcements in June. You can read/listen to these PSAs at

            http://massbike.org/info/psa2004/. More good news—WRKO has agreed to be
            the official media sponsor of MassBike's Bike Festival, to take place on

            Saturday, August 28 at the Fenn School in Concord.


            CO-OPERATION IRELAND’S CYCLE CALIFORNIA COASTLINE TOUR
            Co-operation Ireland, one of Ireland’s oldest and most respected
            peace-building non-profits, will ride the California coast from October
            24
            - November 4 on its Cycle California Coastline event. The fully
            supported
            tour will go 520 miles from San Francisco to Los Angeles by way of: Half

            Moon Bay, Santa Cruz, Monterey, Big Sur, San Simeon, Santa Maria, Santa
            Barbara, Santa Paula, and Santa Monica. The event registration deadline
            is
            August 31. Each participant must raise at least $3,300. Co-operation
            Ireland is a registered 501(c)3 charitable organization with offices in
            Belfast, Dublin and New York City. Its purpose is to raise significant
            awareness and funds on behalf of Co-operation Ireland’s crucial cross
            border and cross community reconciliation programs. The tour already has

            50 Irish cyclists registered and has just 100 slots left for this
            exciting
            event to highlight the organization’s 25th Anniversary and raise funds
            to
            ensure a lasting peace throughout all of Northern Ireland and Ireland.
            For
            more information call (646) 394-7571 or visit
            http://www.cooperationireland.org/usa/cycle.html.


            SEATTLEITES: CATCH THE TOUR ON THE BIG SCREEN
            Our friends at Seattle’s Cascades Bicycle Club (http://www.cascade.org)
            have teamed up with Outdoor Life Network to present three unforgettable
            days of cycling magic on the 25-foot wide screen at Sand Point Magnuson
            Park's 550-seat, newly refurbished community theatre. Best of all—it’s
            free. Get there July 5, 14 and 24 (co-presented by Bicycle Alliance of
            Washington, http://www.bicyclealliance.org) for OLN’s two-hour Tour
            stage
            broadcasts and join one of many organized bike rides before/after every
            event. There will be free parking for bikes and cars, and even a beer
            garden during the July 14 Bastille Day Evening Special. You can win
            outstanding door prizes from OLN and Trek and even get your picture
            taken
            in the Lance photo booth. See http://www.cascade.org for details.


            MORE NEWS FOR BOSTONIANS: WATCH THE TOUR AND SAMPLE TYLER’S CLAVIC-ALE
            Friends of the Tyler Hamilton Foundation will come together for the Tour

            de France, WRB (Watch, Ride, Brew) to see their fearless leader make a
            bid
            for the most coveted trophy in all of cycling, and to launch Tyler’s
            Clavic-Ale, the new summer wheat beer from Watch City Brewing Company.
            Participants will receive a great breakfast, watch the 2004 Tour de
            France
            Prologue, and ride in an optional 40-mile training ride. The ride will
            finish where it started at the Watch City Brewing Company in Waltham,
            MA,
            for the official kick-off of the Tyler Hamilton beer that will only be
            available during the Tour. Details at
            http://www.tylerhamiltonfoundation.org or register directly at
            http://www.active.com/event_detail.cfm?event_id=1131252.


            SUPPORT THE DAVIS PHINNEY FOUNDATION FOR A CHANCE TO RIDE OFF ON A SWEET

            SERROTTA
            For a $100 donation to the Davis Phinney Foundation, contributors
            receive
            a 1-in-500 chance of winning a custom-made Serotta Ottrott with a
            Dura-Ace
            10 group, worth some $9,000. The dream bike is being raffled as part of
            the Foundation's first fundraising event, taking place July 30-31 in
            Cincinnati. Proceeds benefit the Davis Phinney/Don Krumme Fund at the
            Center for Parkinson's disease and Movement Disorders at the University
            of
            Cincinnati. Phinney, the winningest road racer in U.S. history with 328
            victories, was stricken with Parkinson's at age 40 in 2000. His
            foundation
            supports research aimed at understanding, preventing and treating the
            debilitating disease. Visit www.davisphinneyfoundation.com/dreambike.htm

            to see the bike and buy a ticket.


            RAAM: PAIN IS THE SIGN OF WEAKNESS LEAVING THE BODY
            The 23rd Race Across America started June 20 for solo riders and June 21

            for teams. Competitors climb over 104,000 feet while crossing 14 states
            in
            the 2,958-mile (4,792-km) course that stretches from the oceanfront in
            San
            Diego, CA, to the boardwalk in Atlantic City, NJ. A record 97 cyclists
            are
            competing in the various divisions, including the most-ever women, 15.
            Riders range in age from 22 to 72 and represent 10 countries. Wolfgang
            Fasching, a 36-year-old Austrian bidding to become RAAM’s first 4-time
            winner, heads the solo men’s field.

            The latest word we’ve received is that, “RAAM’s lone recumbent team, ALS

            Lightning, has become the first team to cruise over the half-way mark in

            this year’s race. The four-man team seeks to break the record held since

            1989 for crossing the country in five days, one hour, eight minutes with

            an average speed of 24.02 mph. They are currently traveling at an
            average
            pace of 24.47 mph. Heavy thunderstorms late last night and early this
            morning did nothing to cool the contest between four-man teams Action
            Sports and Vail - Go Fast. From New Mexico, across the northwest corners

            of Texas and Oklahoma, and through Kansas, roughly 25 minutes was all
            that
            separated Vail Go ? Fast’s lead from Action Sports’ fervid pursuit. Solo

            rider Jure Robic briefly let his lead slip today when Michael Trevino
            opened up a 12-minute gap at Mount Vernon, KS. Robic quickly chased down

            Trevino and put him behind by 54 minutes by the next time station at El
            Dorado, KS.” To follow the riders' progress, visit
            http://www.raceacrossamerica.org.


            AMERICAN PHYSICAL THERAPY ASSOCIATION OFFERS TIPS ON PREVENTING INJURIES

            DUE TO POOR BIKE FIT
            For weekend bicycle enthusiasts and Tour racers alike, the risk of a
            bicycle-related injury may increase with an ill-fitting bicycle, says
            the
            American Physical Therapy Association (APTA). "Good bike fit promotes
            good
            posture with muscles and joints working in harmony. If this doesn't
            exist,
            riders will likely experience pain and be predisposed to injury." APTA
            says the most common bike fit errors include excessive saddle height,
            excessive handlebar reach, and misalignments of the pedal and shoe.

            If you suffer from some of the common bicycling pains, you may be able
            to
            fix your problem, says APTA:

            · Anterior (Front) Knee Pain. Possible causes are having a saddle
            that is
            too low, too low of a cadence, using your quadriceps muscles too much in

            pedaling, misaligned bicycle cleat for those who use clipless pedals,
            and
            muscle imbalance in your legs (strong quadriceps and weak hamstrings).

            · Neck Pain. Possible causes include poor handlebar or saddle
            position. A
            poorly placed handlebar might be too low, at too great a reach, or at
            too
            short a reach. A saddle with excessive downward tilt can be a source of
            neck pain.

            · Lower Back Pain. Possible causes include inflexible hamstrings,
            low
            cadence, using your quadriceps muscles too much in pedaling, poor back
            strength, and too-long or too-low handlebars.

            · Hand Numbness or Pain. Possible causes are short-reach
            handlebars,
            poorly placed brake levers, and a downward tilt of the saddle.

            More pains—and more solutions—on http://www.apta.org.


            GETTING TO THE HEART AND SOUL OF AMERICA BY BIKE
            A new Disney movie, opening July 3, features a segment on a New York
            City
            bike messenger that will challenge each and every one of you to stay in
            your seat and stop from yelling out, "Oh no! Please don't do
            that...that's
            not vehicular-style cycling...!" The film, "America's Heart and Soul,”
            is
            a documentary-style movie featuring a collection of vignettes about
            people
            and their activities across this wide and wonderful country. One such
            story documents the lifestyle of a New York City bike messenger. While
            his
            riding "style" isn't exactly out of the League's BikeEd program, you
            can't
            help marveling at the fact that the guy is a) still alive, b) never
            appears to actually hit anything or anyone, and c) doesn't have a bagel
            or
            donut endorsement yet.


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            the
            official helmet of 30% of US PRO Teams. To honor years of partnership
            with
            the League, now when you buy any Rudy Sunglass, Helmet or Goggle, get
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            CONGRATULATIONS LANCE They said it couldn’t be done. But Lance and his awesome USPS teammates proved them all wrong. Congratulations Lance, from the League
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              CONGRATULATIONS LANCE
              They said it couldn’t be done. But Lance and his awesome USPS teammates
              proved them all wrong. Congratulations Lance, from the League of
              American
              Bicyclists and your legions of fans, on your sixth consecutive victory
              in
              the Tour de France. And good luck to the entire team next year when you
              ride as the Discovery Channel Pro Cycling Team. Visit the Lance
              Armstrong
              Foundation (http://www.laf.org) to support Lance’s greatest cause.


              REGISTER TODAY AND SAVE ON INDIANA BIKEFEST: SEPTEMBER 3-6
              The early bird deadline for discounted registration ends this Sunday,
              August 1. Register now on http://www.bicycleindiana.org and save big!
              Join
              the Indiana Bicycle Coalition and the League for a fun-filled long
              weekend
              of cycling in scenic DuBois County in southern Indiana. Indiana
              BikeFest/the National Rally of Cyclists will include road and mountain
              biking along rural roads and trails of one of the most beautiful areas
              of
              the state. It will also feature nightly entertainment, daily workshops
              and
              exciting touring opportunities to attractions ranging from a winery to
              the
              French Lick scenic railway. Registration for the weekend starts at $60
              and
              includes entry to BikeFest activities, breakfasts and lunches, an ice
              cream social, and well-marked routes with maps and cues. Join your
              bicycling friends and make new ones in Jasper. For more information,
              call
              the Indiana Bicycle Coalition today at (800) BIKE 110 or log onto
              http://www.bicycleindiana.org.


              CONGRESS EXTENDS TEA-21 AGAIN; AMERICA BIKES ENCOURAGES SUMMER VISITS
              The Conference Committee working to reconcile House and Senate proposals

              for the next Federal transportation bill failed to make any significant
              progress before Congress adjourned for the summer. It did, however,
              extend
              existing TEA-21 programs through the end of September. The stumbling
              block
              continues to be overall funding levels.

              Meanwhile, America Bikes encourages people to take advantage of the
              summer
              recess to meet with Members of Congress while they are in their home
              districts. Next week, the campaign will post information on what to say,

              and what to leave behind with Members, on http://www.americabikes.org.
              "Let's take this opportunity to thank Congress for including some good
              provisions for bicycling and walking in the two bills, and make sure
              they
              know our priorities for the final version of the legislation. Whether
              you
              invite your elected representatives to a club ride or meeting, take them

              for a short ride around town, or meet them over the barbecue grill,
              remind
              them that when America Bikes, America Benefits," says Andy Clarke, newly

              elected President of the America Bikes campaign and Executive Director
              of
              the League of American Bicyclists.

              Speaking of America Bikes, the campaign bade a fond farewell to Martha
              Roskowski earlier this month. Martha has returned to Colorado to take an

              exciting position with the City of Boulder, heading up its “alternative”

              transportation program. Martha has passed the baton to the America Bikes

              Board of Directors. "We’ve established a series of task forces to
              maintain
              momentum and to identify staffing and resource needs through the end of
              this Congress," says Clarke. "We are all committed to seeing this job
              through, and we’re delighted with the continued support and commitment
              of
              Bikes Belong, our major funder and coalition partner."


              MASSBIKE SCORES LEGISLATIVE VICTORY ON DRIVERS’ MANUAL
              The Massachusetts Bicycle Coalition (http://www.massbike.org) reported
              earlier that it scored a decisive legislative victory today when the
              Massachusetts State Senate overrode Governor Romney’s veto of
              legislation
              that will require the Registry of Motor Vehicles to update its drivers’
              manual and driving test to include information about bicycles and bike
              safety. The State House of Representatives overrode the measure last
              week.
              “This is a major victory for MassBike and bicyclists across the
              Commonwealth,” said MassBike executive director Dorie Clark. “As it
              stands
              now, Drivers Education does not adequately discuss how drivers should
              relate to bicyclists on the road. This is the time when a captive
              audience
              of citizens becomes educated about driving, and it is essential to
              include
              information about all roadway users.” MassBike credits its members, who,

              “called their legislators and exercised their grassroots clout to help
              this measure succeed, “ for the victory. For details, go to
              http://www.massbike.org.


              HELP SAVE RECREATION AND PARK FUNDING
              Americans for Our Heritage and Recreation (AHR) is seeking support for
              “full-reliable funding” for the Land and Water Conservation Fund (LWCF)
              through an online petition campaign. The LWCF uses offshore oil leasing
              revenues to support the creation of state and local park and recreation
              areas. LWCF grant funds may be used for state planning and for the
              acquisition and development of state and local facilities that provide
              active and/or passive recreation opportunities. Recreation enhancement
              may
              be accomplished through the preservation of open space, estuaries,
              forests, wildlife and natural resource areas. For bicycling, the fund
              has
              provided millions of dollars for the creation of multi-use trails.

              The Senate Interior Appropriations LWCF funding level for 2005 is
              approximately one-third of the program’s $900 million authorization
              level.
              The House Interior Appropriations bill zeroes funding for federal LWCF
              and
              appropriates only $92 million for state-side LWCF. For more information
              and to participate in the AHR online petition campaign, please visit
              http://www.asap2004.org.


              COMPLETE STREETS POLICY ADOPTED IN CENTRAL OHIO
              The Mid-Ohio Regional Planning Commission (MORPC) recently adopted a
              “Complete Streets” policy, thus laying the foundation for creating a
              bicycle friendly and pedestrian friendly Central Ohio. A number of
              states,
              most recently South Carolina, and regions have recently adopted similar
              policies. According to the policy, “MORPC encourages and supports those
              communities that have taken the step toward routinely accommodating
              pedestrians and bicyclists in the planning process. To others, MORPC
              encourages and supports the inclusion of routine accommodation,” in
              future
              projects. Visit http://www.cobac.org/completestreets.html for details.


              RIDING TO THE WHITE HOUSE?
              The League is pleased to note that both of the major presidential
              candidates, President George W. Bush and Senator John F. Kerry, are
              serious cyclists. President Bush has become an avid mountain biker since

              taking up the sport in February, after giving up running which hurt his
              knees. According to an AP writer who accompanied the President on a
              recent
              ride at his ranch in Crawford, TX, “Over an 18-mile ride that lasted an
              hour and 20 minutes, he burns about 1,200 calories and his heart rate
              reaches 168 beats per minute”. "This is like running except I don't
              feel
              bad afterward," the President said, adding, "You can cover a lot more,
              and
              you can go very fast on a bike". Senator Kerry generally travels with a
              road bike on his campaign plane, so he can get in a ride between events,

              and is a regular participant in charity rides in Massachusetts. Last
              year,
              he finished the 110-mile Pan-Massachusetts Challenge as 37th of 3, 000
              riders. Kerry also wears a yellow “Live Strong” wristband from the Lance

              Armstrong Foundation (http://www.laf.org). Our only quibble: with rare
              exceptions, it seems the media only covers the candidates’ cycling
              habits
              when they crash. We wish we could hear more about their passion for
              cycling and how good it is for them—and for all of us.


              TYLER: GET WELL SOON AND BRING HOME THE GOLD
              Cyclists across the country felt Tyler Hamilton’s pain when he was
              forced
              to drop out of the Tour during Stage 13 due to injuries to his lower
              back
              muscles, sustained in a massive pileup in Stage 6, that made it
              impossible
              for him to continue. But we all know that mere pain is not enough to
              stop
              Tyler: “It was really a lack of power. Your legs can only function with
              the full strength of the muscles in your stomach and lower back. With
              one
              side out of commission, I didn't have the power I needed to push the
              pedals, Tyler wrote on http://www.tylerhamilton.com. He felt like a
              “battery-powered toy on its last legs”. We wish Tyler a speedy and
              complete recovery so he can bring home Olympic gold from Athens. Visit
              http://www.tylerhamiltonfoundation.org to support Tyler’s causes.


              BE PART OF CREATING ACTIVE COMMUNITIES
              Save the dates for the upcoming Pro Walk/Pro Bike 2004: Creating Active
              Communities conference to be held in beautiful Victoria, British
              Columbia,
              from Tuesday, September 7, through Friday, September 10, 2004. The
              National Center for Bicycling & Walking's biennial symposium is an
              international gathering of more than 600 bicycle and pedestrian program
              specialists, advocates, and government leaders committed to improving
              conditions for bicycling and walking. Creating Active Communities is the

              theme of this year’s event. A special segment will be devoted to
              examining
              “Safe Routes to School,” an effort to get kids biking and walking to
              school again. Read more about Pro Walk/Pro Bike 2004 on
              http://www.bikewalk.org/PWPB2004/PWPB2004.htm.


              IS YOUR COMMUNITY BICYCLE-FRIENDLY? APPLICATIONS DUE AUGUST 20
              Find out by applying for the League's Bicycle Friendly Community
              (http://www.bicyclefriendlycommunity.org) awards, granted twice a year.
              To
              be included in the next review cycle for the awards, submit both Part 1
              and Part 2 of the application for BFC status by August 20. The
              application
              asks for information on engineering, education, encouragement,
              enforcement, and evaluation/planning initiatives that encourage
              bicycling
              and make the activity safer. Applications received on or before August
              20,
              2004 will be considered in the next application review cycle, with
              announcements of winning communities scheduled for October 2004. Please
              submit your applications (see
              http://www.bicyclefriendlycommunity.org/apply.cfm) as soon as possible,
              and thank you for helping create a bicycle-friendly America. The
              League's
              Bicycle Friendly Community Campaign is a national grassroots effort to
              increase the number of trips made by bike, promote physical fitness, and

              help make communities more livable. The Campaign works in the most
              effective way possible—town by town, city by city—to encourage bicycling

              and achieve a bicycle-friendly America.


              CHICAGO MAKES BIKE COMMUTING A BREEZE
              A new state-of-the-art bike station has just opened in downtown
              Chicago’s
              brand new Millennium Park. It provides secure parking for 300 bicycles,
              offers showers and lockers (and towel service!), bike repair and
              rentals,
              a snack bar, and more. The bike station has already begun getting many
              commuters onto bicycles now that they have a secure place to store their

              wheels. Its great web site (http://www.chicagobikestation.com) also
              promotes bicycling and tells companies why they should promote bicycle
              commuting.


              HELP BUILD A BICYCLE-FRIENDLY AMERICA THROUGH MATCHING GIFTS
              Turn two bicyclists into four cyclists. Turn $50 into $150. Double or
              triple your contribution to the League through your employer’s matching
              gift program. Matching gifts are the easiest and most effective way to
              increase a donation by two to three times. Please visit
              http://www.bikeleague.org/support/workplacegiving.htm for more
              information
              or email bill@.... Thank you for your support.
            • tomebersold
              Important information if you have an accident. Keep reading: LEAGUE HONORS SIX NEW BICYCLE-FRIENDLY COMMUNITIES The League of American Bicyclists is pleased to
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                Important information if you have an accident. Keep reading:



                LEAGUE HONORS SIX NEW BICYCLE-FRIENDLY COMMUNITIES
                The League of American Bicyclists is pleased to announce it has
                recognized
                six American communities with its prestigious Bicycle Friendly
                Community
                (BFC) designation; the League has now honored a total of 44
                communities
                across the nation with the award. Eugene, Oregon—granted the silver-
                level
                BFC award—leads the new group. The other new BFC winners—all at the
                bronze
                level—are: Ada County, Idaho; Chandler, Arizona; Chico, California;
                Lawrence, Kansas; and Orlando, Florida. Visit
                http://www.bicyclefriendlycommunity.org to learn more about the awards
                process and award-winning communities.

                Andy Clarke, Executive Director of the League, said, "Communities
                designated by the League as Bicycle Friendly have completed a rigorous
                application and review process (just 44 of the 98 applicants have been
                granted the BFC award). More importantly, they have shown themselves
                willing to invest in creating a better, more livable environment for
                their
                citizens. BFCs typically enjoy levels of bicycle use that are well
                above
                the national average and consequently they are reaping the rewards of
                cleaner air, less congestion, safer streets, and a more active and
                healthy
                population.

                Eugene is the fifth city in Oregon to win the League's BFC award,
                joining
                gold-level honorees Portland and Corvallis and bronze-level designees
                Ashland and Beaverton. The League has yet to bestow its highest-level
                platinum award upon any communities. Eugene enjoys a 5.5% bicycle mode
                share, innovative facilities, top-notch education programs for youth,
                and
                effective encouragement programs. It has incorporated cycling into
                city
                policies to ensure future development accommodates and enhances
                bicycling.

                Visit http://www.bicyclefriendlycommunity.org to apply for the award.
                Applications received on or before March 25, 2005 will be considered
                in
                the next application review cycle, with announcements of winning
                communities in May 2005. The BFC Campaign is supported by generous
                grants
                from the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation (http://www.rwjf.org) and
                Bikes
                Belong Coalition (http://bikesbelong.org).


                NATIONAL ACADEMY OF SCIENCES URGES ACTION TO FIGHT CHILDHOOD OBESITY
                In a comprehensive assessment issued September 30, the National
                Academy of
                Sciences said that, in order to fight the epidemic of childhood
                obesity,
                "fundamental changes in our society" are required. The Academy called
                for
                a national campaign, reminiscent of the national effort to fight
                smoking,
                to counter the explosion of obesity among children (more than 9
                million
                children above the age of six are considered overweight). The campaign
                should involve parents, schools, communities, local, state and federal
                governments, and food marketers.

                One of the steps recommended was to make sure that children get at
                least
                30 minutes per day of moderate to vigorous physical exercise. What
                better
                way to start making exercise part of children's daily routine than by
                promoting biking and walking to school with programs like Walk and
                Bike to
                School Day (http://www.walktoschool.org)?

                In addition, the National Academy of Sciences said that, "Community
                organizations and state and local governments can make a difference by
                implementing programs that promote nutrition and regular physical
                activity
                and by supporting the establishment or revision of zoning ordinances
                and
                comprehensive plans to include or enhance sidewalks, bike paths,
                parks and
                playgrounds, and other recreational facilities." Visit
                http://www.nationalacademies.org/topnews/ for details.


                KIDS: BIKE AND WALK TO SCHOOL DAY IS ON WEDNESDAY
                Join more than three million kids from over 3,000 schools in the U.S.
                and
                around the world in celebration of Walk and Bike to School Day
                (Wednesday,
                October 6), or plan a week of activities (October 4-8). Go to
                http://www.bikeleague.org/educenter/factsheets/kidsandbikes.htm to
                learn
                bike safety tips for kids and ask your parents to help form "walking
                school buses".

                Biking and walking to school on Walk and Bike to School Day
                (http://www.walktoschool.org) can start kids—and their parents and
                teachers—on a lifelong habit of routine physical activity, something
                we
                all need. Reducing car trips to school with walking or bicycling can
                help
                reduce air pollution and traffic congestion. Walk and Bike to School
                Day
                can also help change community culture by helping people see the need
                for
                sidewalks, education programs and traffic calming measures to improve
                conditions and create environments that are more inviting for
                everyone,
                young and old, to bike and walk regularly.


                CYCLISTS: WHAT TO DO IN A TRAFFIC CRASH
                A League member who is an attorney in North Carolina urges cyclists:
                All
                bike-car collisions should be reported to police officers immediately
                for
                safety as well as insurance reasons, even if you don't think you are
                hurt.
                If you're involved in a hit-and-run crash while riding your bike, be
                sure
                to file a police report that same day. Your own auto insurance may
                cover
                you. If you delay and injuries crop up at a later date, you risk
                losing
                the benefits you've paid for under your own auto policy.

                Recently, a North Carolina cyclist was struck and brushed off the
                road by
                a passing motorist. Initially, he thought he'd merely sprained his
                wrist
                and did not call the police. Five days later, however, when his pain
                worsened, he discovered he'd fractured his arm. He asked his own auto
                insurer to pay for "uninsured motorist" benefits, which cover your
                personal injuries when another at-fault motorist is uninsured or when
                a
                hit-and-run motorist cannot be located. The cyclist's insurer denied
                the
                claim and the North Carolina Court of Appeals agreed, because the
                state's
                controlling statute says you must file a police report within 24
                hours of
                the accident. For more information on the case, see
                http://www.aoc.state.nc.us/www/public/coa/opinions/2004/030947-1.htm.


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                HELP UPDATE THE AASHTO BIKE GUIDE If you are familiar with the American Association of State Highway and Transportation Officials’ (AASHTO) “Guide for the
                Message 7 of 14 , Nov 2, 2004
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                  HELP UPDATE THE AASHTO BIKE GUIDE
                  If you are familiar with the American Association of State Highway and
                  Transportation Officials’ (AASHTO) “Guide for the Development of Bicycle
                  Facilities,” your input on making improvements to this document is
                  highly
                  sought. The “Bike Guide” serves as the national guidance steering all
                  bicycle facilities design in the United States, by providing
                  “information
                  on the development of facilities to enhance and encourage safe bicycle
                  travel,” and design criteria for on-street facilities and shared use
                  paths. To complete a survey on the Bike Guide, go to
                  http://www.surveymonkey.com/s.asp?u=18790589654. Please note that the
                  survey may take up to 20 minutes and that it is highly recommend you
                  have
                  your copy of the Bike Guide available while completing it. Your
                  responses
                  to the survey questions will indicate how well the existing guide serves
                  your needs. The deadline for completion of the survey is Thursday,
                  November 4.


                  NEW JERSEY ACTION ALERT: SUPPORT TAX BENEFIT FOR BIKE COMMUTERS
                  The League urges New Jersey cyclists to contact their Assemblymen and
                  Assemblywomen to ask them to co-sponsor Bill A-3441, which would give
                  bike
                  commuters a tax break. Introduced last week to the New Jersey
                  Legislature
                  by Assemblyman David W. Wolfe (R—NJ District 10), Bill A-3441 would
                  allow
                  a deduction against New Jersey gross income of $0.10 per mile biked by a
                  taxpayer between the taxpayer's place of residence and place of
                  employment. The taxpayer would be required to maintain and submit
                  records
                  of the dates of commuting and the miles traveled.

                  According to Assemblyman Wolfe, the Assistant Republican Leader, “This
                  deduction will provide an incentive to encourage bicycle commuting and
                  reduce the large number of short, single occupancy vehicle trips that
                  many
                  New Jerseyans engage in to get to and from work. This deduction
                  provides a
                  potential means to increase the numbers of bicycle commuters in the
                  State,
                  which would help reduce the number of trips made by automobile. Forty
                  percent of all automobile trips in the nation are made within two miles
                  of
                  the home and 50% of the working population commutes five miles or less
                  to
                  work.”

                  The Bill cites the many benefits of bicycling, calling cycling, “an
                  excellent activity to help reverse the alarming rise in obesity rates.”
                  It
                  points out that, “bike commuting saves money on gas, parking and wear on
                  the public transportation infrastructure.” It also says that, “Half of
                  all
                  Americans (99.0 million people) believe that cars, SUVs, pickups, and
                  vans
                  are the primary cause of air pollution in their communities and 65%
                  (135.4
                  million) are concerned about the level of traffic congestion on the
                  roads
                  in their communities.”
                  Visit http://www.njleg.state.nj.us/bills/bills0001.asp for the full text
                  of Bill A-3441 and let your Assemblymen and Assemblywomen know you
                  support
                  the Act.


                  INTERESTED IN SERVING ON THE LEAGUE BOARD OF DIRECTORS?
                  …Or do you know someone who would be a good representative for cyclists
                  in
                  your region? In the spring of 2005, the League of American Bicyclists
                  will
                  hold elections to fill four seats on its 12-person Board of Directors;
                  in
                  addition, the Board will fill one seat by appointment. The Board is
                  responsible for setting broad policy and direction for the League.
                  Please
                  see http://www.bikeleague.org/members/electionstoboard.htm for details.


                  SAVE THE DATES FOR THE 2005 NATIONAL BIKE SUMMIT®
                  MARCH 16-18 IN WASHINGTON, DC
                  The League is pleased to convene its fifth annual National Bike Summit®
                  in
                  Washington, DC, March 16-18, 2005. Save the dates! Join bicycle
                  advocates,
                  bike industry leaders and bike retailers, transportation, public health
                  and environmental professionals, key legislators and government
                  officials
                  at the League’s National Bike Summit®, a three-day forum of educational
                  and networking sessions on bicycling policy issues. The League invites
                  all
                  interested parties in the bicycling community to assist in developing
                  topics for the Summit through a “call for papers/presentations.” See
                  http://www.bikeleague.org/events/index.html for details on the call for
                  papers, travel to the Summit, sponsorship opportunities, FAQ, and more.


                  THUNDERHEAD WELCOMES WALKING INTO MISSION
                  The Thunderhead Alliance, the national coalition of state and local
                  bicycle advocacy organization, has decided to expand its mission beyond
                  bicycling to offer support for pedestrian issues and provide pedestrian
                  resources. Its new mission is, “Creating, strengthening and uniting
                  state
                  and local bicycle and pedestrian advocacy organizations.” The expanded
                  mission will attempt to achieve synergies between the needs and advocacy
                  efforts of pedestrians and bicyclists.

                  Sue Knaup, the organization’s Executive Director, said, “As Thunderhead
                  acknowledges its commitment to pedestrian advocacy, its leaders have
                  assured their members that they will honor the organization’s bicycle
                  advocacy roots by wielding the bicycle as the vehicle of choice that
                  transforms individuals and communities. Advocating for pedestrian issues
                  will increase bicycling by easing people out of their cars and one step
                  closer to bicycling.” For more information, visit
                  http://www.thunderheadalliance.org


                  HELP GET 20,000 KIDS ON BIKES
                  This Christmas, Elves and More, a nonprofit organization in Houston that
                  is devoted to bringing hope to impoverished children, will provide
                  20,000
                  Houston-area underprivileged children with the surprise of their young
                  lives: a visit from Santa and a new bicycle. Elves and More provides its
                  gifts to all the kids within entire neighborhoods. The program’s impact
                  is
                  enormous in the neighborhoods it touches.

                  As David L. Moore, the organization’s founder, said, “Bikes represent
                  hope
                  for these kids. Like no other gift, a bike helps them get out of the
                  ghetto and see another side of life. For some, this means being able to
                  participate in after-school events or being able to go to the library.
                  For
                  many it means a welcome break from the relentless boredom and despair
                  that
                  plunge so many into the abyss of drugs and crime. For most it means
                  that
                  someone, somewhere, really does care.” Moore is seeking support with
                  both
                  contributions and help in building the bikes. Please visit
                  http://www.elvesandmore.org to see the battalions of bikes and learn
                  more.
                  “Bring your checkbook or bring your tools, or bring both. Come and be a
                  part of the most amazing toy giveaway ever!”


                  CYCLIST RIDES CROSS-COUNTRY TO SUPPORT WOUNDED SOLDIERS
                  Chris Carney cycled from Montauk, New York to San Diego, California to
                  raise money and awareness for wounded soldiers coming back from Iraq and
                  Afghanistan. His ride, and the fundraising efforts of his friends from
                  East Hampton, NY, received extensive media coverage and raised over
                  $600,000 from people all over the country. Their effort continues and
                  the
                  group is interested in starting “soldier rides” nationwide. To support
                  the
                  Project or to inquire about starting your own “soldier ride,” visit
                  http://www.soldierride.com

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                  Note the mention of the book on biking safety. Tom Ebersold Welcome to the League of American Bicyclists electronic newsletter, BikeLeague News. Feel free to
                  Message 8 of 14 , Nov 15, 2004
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                    Note the mention of the book on biking safety.

                    Tom Ebersold


                    Welcome to the League of American Bicyclists' electronic newsletter,
                    BikeLeague News. Feel free to forward this to fellow cyclists and
                    others who may be interested, but please make sure to credit the
                    League of American Bicyclists as your source. To join or learn more
                    about the League, visit www.bikeleague.org

                    Online Registration Now Open For 2005 National Bike Summit® March 16-
                    18 In Washington, DC
                    The League is pleased to convene its fifth annual National Bike
                    Summit® in Washington, DC, March 16-18, 2005. Save the dates! Join
                    bicycle advocates, bike industry leaders and bike retailers,
                    transportation, public health and environmental professionals, key
                    legislators and government officials at the League's National Bike
                    Summit®, a three-day forum of educational and networking sessions on
                    bicycling policy issues.

                    Visit the League site for online registration, travel to the Summit,
                    sponsorship opportunities, FAQ, and more. Interested in helping
                    develop topics for the Summit? See the call for papers/presentations
                    on the same page; submission deadline is December 17.


                    Transportation Measures Widely Supported November 2
                    Reflecting growing demand for transportation improvements across the
                    nation, Americans in 21 states voted on 55 transportation funding-
                    related ballot initiatives in this year's election. Of these
                    measures, 46 asked voters to initiate, extend, or increase taxes to
                    fund transportation improvements. A total of 36 of these bond and tax
                    measures were approved, according to the American Road &
                    Transportation Builders Association. Visit the site for a summary of
                    the transportation initiatives.

                    A number of these measures will support bicycling, because they
                    include Safe Routes to School initiatives, the creation or
                    improvement of bicycle facilities, and other pro-bicycling programs.
                    For example, a $260 million bond issue passed by a wide margin in New
                    Orleans is, "very good news for bicycles," according to Karen
                    Parsons, Regional Bicycle and Pedestrian Coordinator with the New
                    Orleans Regional Planning Commission. New Orleans Mayor Ray Nagin has
                    committed to spend $4 million from the street fund on bicycle routes.
                    For the first time, New Orleans, "will have dedicated funds for
                    bicycle infrastructure…This moves us one step closer to public policy
                    that supports a long-term bicycle network rather than ad hoc
                    development," according to Parsons.

                    Marin County, California residents overwhelmingly approved a sales
                    tax increase that will generate approximately $331 million over the
                    next 20 years for local transportation projects. Local infrastructure
                    including roads, bikeways and sidewalks will be improved and
                    maintained, with the needs of bicyclists and pedestrians considered
                    as part of all roadway projects in a "complete the streets" fashion.
                    Marin County will continue improving safe school access and reducing
                    school-related traffic congestion through its Safe Routes to Schools
                    program, crossing guards, and bicycle and pedestrian infrastructure.
                    Deb Hubsmith, executive director of the Marin County Bicycle
                    Coalition said, "This is a huge victory! We are especially pleased
                    that bicycling, walking and Safe Routes to Schools are well
                    represented in the expenditure plan. Marin's transportation sales tax
                    is the first in the nation to include funding for Safe Routes to
                    Schools. We hope that this precedent will serve as a model for other
                    communities."


                    Cycling Safety: Does Your Library Cover It?
                    Help cyclists in your community feel safe and confident on the road
                    or trail by asking your local library to carry "The League Guide to
                    Safe and Enjoyable Cycling," recently published by the League of
                    American Bicyclists. The book is a vital introduction to the key
                    elements of cycling safety and equipment. It includes discussions of
                    the principles of traffic law, such as the importance of riding on
                    the right-hand side of the roadway, how to safely change lanes,
                    making left turns, etc. It also covers a wide range of critical
                    maintenance and repair topics, such as safety checks, fixing flats,
                    derailleur adjustment, and much more. Order yourself a copy today for
                    just $14.95 (Special quantity discounts are now available for clubs;
                    Contact Todd via e-mail for details). To ask your community library
                    to carry "The League Guide to Safe and Enjoyable Cycling," you will
                    need the book's ISBN number, 0-9755467-0-8.


                    Inaugural East Coast Greenway Bike Tour Concluded
                    On September 12, a group of cyclists departed Calais, Maine aiming to
                    be the first people ever to traverse the full length of the East
                    Coast Greenway, the nation's first long-distance urban, shared-use
                    trail for non-motorized users. Some 2,800 miles and 53 days later,
                    they concluded their historic ride in Key West, Florida on November
                    3. The intrepid group included Anne and Mike Kruimer, president of
                    the Central Jersey Bicycle Club, who rode a tandem recumbent fitted
                    with a hand crank for Anne, a paraplegic since being struck by a car
                    in 1992. Jack Kurrle, a 74-year-old life member of the League of
                    American Bicyclists, made the trip after surviving a nearly fatal
                    bicycling accident just two years ago that left him with a broken
                    neck, hip, and back.

                    Often referred to as the "urban Appalachian Trail," the East Coast
                    Greenway crosses 15 states plus Washington, D.C. and links the major
                    cities of the East Coast using scores of urban greenways, park paths,
                    abandoned railroad corridors, and waterfront esplanades. The tour
                    covered Boston's Charles River Bike path, New Jersey's D&R Canal
                    towpath, Durham's American Tobacco Trail, and the completed sections
                    of the Overseas Heritage Trail, a 106-mile route from Key Largo to
                    Key West. Now 20% off-road with another 30% in development, trail
                    organizers expect the Greenway to be 80% off-road by 2010.



                    Ride The World Using New Site
                    A new site, www.ridetheroad.com, created by bike touring aficionados
                    who have ridden all over the world, was designed for the independent
                    bicycle tourist who wants to go just about anywhere. Peter and Sally
                    Blommer, who have been touring the world for over 30 years, devised a
                    bicycle friendliness rating system to grade each of the more than 60
                    countries in Asia, Africa, Europe, South America and North America
                    they have biked. "We have come up with the 25 best places to bike in
                    the world with this system. We will eventually rate every place we
                    have biked in the world and the US. The 25 best in the world is
                    almost complete (we can't find our route notes on Morocco). Every
                    route has an overall map, the rating explained, photos, route maps
                    and road stories. We simply love bicycle touring and have designed
                    this site so the traveler can download our route maps and ride the
                    road, " writes Peter Blommer.

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                    Some interesting nearby information on biking, plus some reasons NOT to cycle in South Carolina. Tom Ebersold Welcome to the League of American Bicyclists
                    Message 9 of 14 , Apr 13, 2005
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                      Some interesting nearby information on biking, plus some reasons NOT to
                      cycle in South Carolina.

                      Tom Ebersold

                      Welcome to the League of American Bicyclists BikeLeague News. To learn
                      more about the League, visit www.bikeleague.org. Please forward to
                      anyone who may be interested.�


                      In This Edition of BikeLeague News...

                      � Congressional Briefing Highlights Bike/Ped Agenda
                      � Three Weeks to Bike Month, Bike New York and BELC
                      � The Downside of Bicycling
                      � Dealing with the Downside
                      � Riders Needed � RAAM, Tour de Hope
                      � National Bike Summit Updates


                      Congressional Briefing Highlights Bike/Ped Agenda
                      The Senate Bike Caucus and Congressional Bike Caucus hosted a briefing
                      on the bicycling agenda in the Federal transportation bill, Thursday,
                      April 7. Speakers at the event in the Capitol included Congressman
                      James Oberstar (D-MN), Mele Williams (LAB), Marianne Fowler (Rails to
                      Trails Conservancy), Deb Hubsmith (Marin County), and Stephanie Miller
                      (House Transportation and Infrastructure Committee). James Koski,
                      Congressional Bike Caucus staff liaison from Congressman Blumenauer�s
                      office, chaired the meeting.

                      The presentations highlighted the status of the America Bikes agenda
                      in the House and Senate bills currently working their way through
                      Congress. Rep. Oberstar closed by noting that the Safe Routes to
                      Schools program in the House bill would help change the habits of an
                      entire generation of schoolchildren.


                      Three Weeks to Bike Month, Bike New York and BELC
                      May, National Bike Month�, starts in less than three weeks! The month
                      kicks off in style in New York City with Bike New York, the Great Five
                      Boro Bike Tour on May 1, featuring 30,000 riders touring the five
                      boroughs of New York City. Immediately following this is the Bicycle
                      Education Leaders Conference, also in New York City, May 2-4.

                      Visit these sites to:
                      � List your National Bike Month event www.bikemonth.com
                      � Sign up for Bike New York at www.bikenewyork.org
                      � Register for the Bicycle Education Leaders Conference at
                      www.bikeleague.org/events
                      � Order your Bike to Work Week posters and supplies at
                      www.bikemonth.com/supplies.htm
                      � Find out more about Bike to Work Week at www.bike-to-work.com
                      � Discover details of BikeTown events in 20 communities at
                      www.bicycling.com/biketown



                      The Downside of Bicycling
                      We typically focus on the positive side of bicycling � our mission,
                      after all, is to promote bicycling for fun, fitness and transportation.
                      However, bicycling isn�t without risk and a few recent events have
                      brought that home to all of us. Two weeks ago, New York City bicycle
                      advocate Noah Budnick was seriously injured in a bicycle crash at the
                      Brooklyn end of the Manhattan Bridge � a notorious trouble-spot for
                      bicyclists that Noah was working to fix. Find out about Noah�s
                      condition and efforts to fix the Manhattan Bridge at www.transalt.org.

                      A lengthy article on the South Carolina-based MetroBeat.net documents
                      a discouraging trend of hit and run incidents involving bicycling
                      victims in South Carolina, and quotes extensively sources including
                      National Bike Summit speakers Nathalie Cappuccio and Elizabeth Mabry.

                      Finally, the Sonoma County Bicycle Coalition reports the death of the
                      third bicyclist this year at the hands of drunk drivers � a driver with
                      at least five prior DUI convictions killed the latest victim. �How did
                      society, the courts, and his family allow him to get behind the wheel
                      ever again,� said Christine Culver, executive director of the SCBC.
                      Visit www.bikesonoma.org to follow this story and the coalition�s
                      �share the road� campaign.



                      Dealing with the Downside
                      Fortunately, there are also good things happening at the state and
                      local level in relation to bicyclist safety. In March, for example, the
                      Utah governor signed into law a �safe passing� bill that requires
                      motorists to leave at least 3 feet of clearance when passing a
                      bicyclist. Arizona already has a similar law on the books � both pieces
                      of legislation were inspired by the death of bicyclists.

                      In Maryland, the Governor is expected to sign SB 551 (Exceptions to
                      Stay to the Right) that was passed by the General Assembly on Saturday,
                      April 9. The legislation clarifies when bicyclists may move away from
                      the right side of a travel lane and also encourages motorists to leave
                      3 feet of space when passing a cyclist.

                      Legislative efforts to improve conditions for bicyclists continue in
                      many states including California, Florida, Illinois, and Missouri.
                      � California: many bicycle-related bills still active in the
                      legislature including important funding bills.
                      � Florida: legislation to strengthen the commitment to include
                      bicycle and pedestrian provision in all projects.
                      � Illinois: legislation to overturn Boub versus Wayne.
                      � Missouri: changes to the state vehicle code, including a safe
                      passing bill.
                      � Texas: legislative season is in full swing with Cyclists in Suits
                      day, April 18.

                      Don�t forget the Ride of Silence, May 18.



                      Riders Needed � RAAM, Tour de Hope
                      ----------


                      Two big national cross country rides need your support! The third Tour
                      de Hope ride � supporting cancer research � is looking for twenty
                      riders to share the riding on a 3,300 mile route from San Diego to
                      Washington DC starting September 29. There are lots of other ways to
                      support the ride besides riding.

                      The Race Across America also starts in San Diego (June 19) and heads to
                      Atlantic City for a total ride of 3,046 miles � this is most definitely
                      a race, but there are solo and team options available. Also, organizers
                      are encouraging clubs and other bicyclists to come out and cheer the
                      riders on as they race across the country. Look at the route and time
                      stations at http://www.raceacrossamerica.org



                      National Bike Summit Updates
                      More resources generated by the National Bike Summit last month are
                      now available at www.bikeleague.org. You can find photos from each of
                      the main events, the workshops, and bike ride by clicking here. In
                      addition, you�ll find links to presentations (at least from those
                      who�ve provided them�) given at the Summit and the main keynote
                      speeches. The issue papers (and Mele Williams� presentation given at
                      the issue training) have been posted, and you can download and send us
                      your congressional feedback forms and evaluations.


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                    • Thomas Ebersold
                      There s an important item regarding federal funding for bike projects in this item. Please read and contact our senators. Also, Bike Week is coming. Tom
                      Message 10 of 14 , May 9, 2005
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                        There's an important item regarding federal funding for bike projects
                        in this item. Please read and contact our senators. Also, Bike Week is
                        coming.

                        Tom Ebersold


                        FINAL CHANCE TO GET COMPLETE STREETS IN TEA-21 REAUTHORIZATION
                        Letters and e-mails to U.S. Senators are needed NOW asking them to
                        support
                        the “Harkin Complete Streets Amendment” currently scheduled for
                        introduction on Wednesday, May 11. Senator Harkin (D-Iowa) is asking for
                        inclusion into the Senate reauthorization bill (SAFETEA) of language
                        establishing complete streets policies in each State. For more details,
                        visit www.americabikes.org.

                        Today, please call or e-mail your Senators asking them to do two things
                        as
                        they reconvene this week:

                        a) Pass S. 732, the Safe, Accountable, Flexible, Efficient
                        Transportation
                        Equity Act (SAFETEA) as soon as possible, and
                        b) Support the Harkin Complete Streets Amendment when it is introduced.

                        Senator Harkin is focusing on just one section of his bill, S. 794, the
                        Safe and Complete Streets Act: nonmotorized transportation policy
                        (Section
                        2). The other two sections of his bill (introducing the House language
                        on
                        Safe Routes to School and nonmotorized pilot programs) will still be on
                        the table when the House and Senate bills are debated in Conference
                        Committee – stay tuned for more news on that when the Senate has passed
                        its bill.


                        NATIONAL BIKE MONTH KICKS OFF WITH CONGRESSIONAL RESOLUTION
                        Congressman Earl Blumenauer (D-Ore.) has introduced a resolution to
                        recognize May as "National Bike Month." The League of American
                        Bicyclists
                        has celebrated May as National Bike Month since 1956. Sponsors of the
                        bill hope that by recognizing May as "National Bike Month," they will be
                        able to highlight bicycling as a one of the most efficient modes of
                        transportation.

                        Blumenauer's bill, H Con Res 145, was introduced with bi-partisan
                        support
                        and is co-sponsored by the House Transportation and Infrastructure
                        Ranking
                        Member, Congressman James Oberstar (D-Minn). Blumenauer is the
                        co-founder
                        of the Congressional Bike Caucus. His "Conserve by Bicycle" Amendment
                        was
                        incorporated into the Energy Policy Act (H.R. 6) passed by the House of
                        Representatives last month. He has also introduced the Bike Commuter Act
                        (H.R. 807) in the 109th Congress to change the Transportation Fringe
                        Benefit of the tax code to include bicycle commuters.


                        BIKE TO WORK WEEK – JUST WHAT THE DOCTOR ORDERED
                        If you filled a prescription at one of thousands of drugstores recently
                        (and in the next few weeks), you may notice information about bicycling
                        to
                        work on the bag containing your medication. Tips on riding to work are
                        provided as part of general National Bike Month information on bags
                        supplied to more than 12,000 drug stores including Rite Aid and
                        Walgreens.

                        Meanwhile, Bike to Work events are shaping up in cities across the
                        country
                        throughout Bike to Work Week (May 16-20) and on Bike to Work Day. More
                        than 10,000 are expected to register for rides in California (May 19)
                        and
                        5,000 is the target in the DC metro area, May 20. Visit
                        www.bike-to-work.com and www.bikemonth.com for more details.


                        BICYCLE EDUCATION LEADERS CONFERENCE CONCLUDES WITH MARKETING PLEA
                        More than 150 of the nation’s leading bicycle safety educators gathered
                        in
                        New York City, May 2-4 for an inspiring and informative three days of
                        rides, workshops, and training. Participants at the Bicycle Education
                        Leaders Conference enjoyed plenary speeches covering everything from
                        critical mass to safe routes to school to traffic justice, concluding
                        with
                        a remarkable speech from Chief Michael Scagnelli, head of the New York
                        Police Department’s Transportation Division who was twice delayed
                        getting
                        to the conference by the need to ticket motorists behaving like
                        “animals”.

                        Of all the myriad issues covered during the event, one powerful and
                        recurring theme was the need for more effective marketing of bicycle
                        safety education – the need for both more recipients of bicycle safety
                        education and the key messages that need to get out. Tentative plans are
                        set for the fourth BELC to be in Austin, Texas in 2007.


                        DON’T FORGET…
                        · League of American Bicyclists 125th Anniversary Celebration, Hosted by
                        the Narragansett Bay Wheelmen. June 10-12, 2005. The NBW is hosting a
                        series of rides to “celebrate cycling in the southeastern New England
                        area
                        and honor the United States' oldest bicycling organization. Founded in
                        Newport, RI, in 1880 as the League of American Wheelmen, the League has
                        grown to be the country's largest and most important cycling advocacy
                        and
                        cyclists' rights organization.” Visit www.nbwclub.org for all the
                        details.
                        · Cycle Oregon, September 10-17. Sign up now for one of the great
                        bicycle
                        rides in North America. So good, in fact, that we’ve designated it this
                        year’s National Rally of Bicyclists and we’ll be having a League town
                        meeting, running education programs, and introducing people to the
                        League
                        during the course of the week-long ride. So not only do you have a week
                        of
                        incredible riding, scenery, history, camaraderie etc., but you also get
                        to
                        ride with some of the League board and staff! Spaces are going fast.
                        (www.cycleoregon.com)
                        · 15th Velo City International Bicycle Planning Conference, Dublin,
                        Ireland, May 31- June 3. Bicycle planners, traffic engineers, advocates
                        etc. gather to learn how to deliver on the vision of bicycling as part
                        of
                        the solution to challenges facing cities across the globe.
                        (www.velo-city2005.com)
                        · 2nd Annual Northshore Credit Union World Mountain Bike Conference,
                        North
                        Vancouver, BC, May 31- June 3. This year’s conference brings together
                        business, municipal planners, environmental and legal professionals,
                        leading bike advocates, land managers and mountain resorts to discuss
                        the
                        most vital issues affecting the sport today. (www.nsmbfc.com)
                      • Thomas Ebersold
                        I don t see anything much in the East listed as Bike Friendly Communities (outside of Vermont). Tom Ebersold Welcome to the League of American Bicyclists
                        Message 11 of 14 , May 16, 2005
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                          I don't see anything much in the East listed as Bike Friendly
                          Communities (outside of Vermont).

                          Tom Ebersold


                          Welcome to the League of American Bicyclists BikeLeague News. To learn
                          more about the League, visit www.bikeleague.org. Please forward to
                          anyone who may be interested.�

                          In This Edition of BikeLeague News...

                          � League Designates 16 Bicycle Friendly Communities
                          � Transportation bill: One Last Call for Senate Action
                          � Vote in League elections
                          � Help Select 125 Most Influential People in Bicycling

                          League Designates 16 Bicycle Friendly Communities
                          Sixteen cities across the United States can celebrate the start of
                          national Bike to Work Week today with the news that the League of
                          American Bicyclists has awarded them the coveted designation of
                          �Bicycle Friendly Community�. The award, given at levels from Bronze
                          to Platinum, recognizes those communities that are improving
                          conditions for bicyclists and bicycling safety.

                          Five cities are awarded the BFC designation for the first time (marked
                          with *):

                          Gold
                          � Boulder, Colo.
                          � Corvallis, Ore.
                          � Palo Alto, Calif.

                          Silver
                          � Chicago, Ill.*
                          � Fort Collins, Colo.
                          � Santa Barbara, Calif.
                          � Scottsdale, Ariz.*

                          Bronze
                          � Ann Arbor, Mich.*
                          � Beaverton, Ore.
                          � Bend, Ore.*
                          � Burlington, Vt.*
                          � Cary, NC
                          � Denver, Colo. (formerly Silver)
                          � Redmond, Wash.
                          � Schaumburg, Ill.
                          � Shawnee, Kan.

                          For more information visit www.bicyclefriendlycommunity.org.

                          Transportation Bill: One Last Call for Senate Action
                          Alabama Senator Jeff Sessions is offering an amendment today, Monday
                          May 16, which would slash funding for bicycle and pedestrian projects
                          in the Senate transportation bill. Although the measure is not
                          expected to pass, The League of American Bicyclists is urging its
                          supporters to contact their Senators to ask them to oppose the
                          Sessions Amendment (646).

                          A strong show of support for bicycle and pedestrian project funding
                          will help us in the final stages of negotiation: the conference
                          committee between House and Senate members that will convene after the
                          Senate has passed its bill (SAFETEA). The Senate is expected to end
                          debate on SAFETEA as early as Tuesday.

                          Action!
                          Contact your senator by e-mail, visit http://www.senate.gov and then
                          go to your senator�s individual Web site to find contact information.


                          Vote in League Elections
                          League members are reminded to cast their ballots for board members
                          before the June 6 deadline � all members in good standing as of March
                          31 are eligible to cast a vote for one at-large board member; members
                          in three regions may also cast a vote for their regional director.
                          Refer to your spring magazine for a copy of the ballot and candidate
                          statements, or visit the website at www.bikeleague.org.


                          Help Select the 125 Most Influential People in Bicycling
                          Who has had the greatest influence on bicycling in the United States
                          in the past 125 years? We want to know who you think deserves to be on
                          the list! A distinguished panel of judges will pore over nominations
                          prior to announcing the final list in September � so please send in
                          your nominations right now!
                          Go to http://www.bikeleague.org/events/125-index.htm.



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                        • Thomas Ebersold
                          Interesting news from the League of American Bicyclists: New York City Cyclists Gather to Demand Protection On Thursday, June 16, New York City cyclists
                          Message 12 of 14 , Jun 22, 2005
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                            Interesting news from the League of American Bicyclists:


                            New York City Cyclists Gather to Demand Protection

                            On Thursday, June 16, New York City cyclists representing
                            Transportation Alternatives and an alliance of city bicycle groups went
                            on a Vigil Ride from 5th Avenue and Warren Street in Brooklyn to the
                            steps of City Hall to memorialize Elizabeth Padilla, Brandie Bailey,
                            Jerome Allen and all 204 NYC bicyclists killed since 1995. At City
                            Hall, the cyclists laid down 204 flowers in memory of the 204 fallen
                            cyclists and asked Mayor Bloomberg to convene a multi-agency task force
                            to develop -- in cooperation with the NYC cycling community -- an
                            action plan to prevent further deaths and injuries. According to NYPD
                            data, a total of nine cyclists have perished in crashes this year,
                            representing a 50 percent increase in fatalities over the same period
                            in 2004.

                            Boston, Mass. Police Offices Will be Trained on Bicycle Laws

                            The Boston, Mass. Municipal Police Training Committee has officially
                            voted to incorporate training on bicycle laws into their �In-Service
                            Legal Update� program for Fiscal Year 2006, which provides professional
                            development training for veteran officers. The Municipal Police
                            Training Committee has also pledged to incorporate this training for
                            new recruits in the near future. The curriculum adopted by the
                            Municipal Police Training Committee was developed by MassBike using a
                            $50,000 grant from the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration
                            and was completed in June of 2004. This innovative national curriculum
                            project was initially launched with financial support from the Charles
                            River Wheelmen, a local recreational bicycling group.

                            Call for Papers on Bicycles as a Mode of Transportation
                            The TRB Committee on Bicycle Transportation (ANF20) is looking for
                            papers for the upcoming TRB Annual Meeting in 2006. The Committee is
                            interested in papers on all topics related to the bicycle as a mode of
                            transportation. Papers should focus on bicycling and not combine
                            bicycling with walking. Please indicate ANF20 on the Submission Review
                            form to indicate that the paper is being submitted in response to this
                            call for papers. Papers for the 2006 Annual Meeting must be submitted
                            electronically no later than August 1, 2005. No papers can be accepted
                            after that date. Paper submission information is posted on the TRB
                            website at http://www.trb.org/meeting/.

                            Infrastructure, Education Increase Bicycle Commuters

                            A study by Jennifer Dill and Theresa Carr, "Bicycle Commuting and
                            Facilities in Major U.S. Cities: If You Build Them, Commuters Will Use
                            Them," found that only 0.53 percent of people in Denver commute by
                            bike. In comparison, 2.59 percent of people in Sacramento are bike
                            commuters, San Francisco cites 1.80 percent, Boston 1.48 percent,
                            Washington D.C. 1.42 percent, Los Angeles and Philadelphia 0.63
                            percent, Chicago 0.51 percent, and New York 0.42 percent. They conclude
                            that "the percentage of people commuting by bicycle is significantly
                            correlated with the bicycle infrastructure," specifically designated
                            bike lanes. For perspective, Sacramento boasts 1.42 bike lanes per
                            square mile to Denver's 0.07. For typical U.S. cities with populations
                            of more than 250,000, each additional mile of bike lanes per square
                            mile is associated with a roughly one-percentage point increase in the
                            number of people who commute by bike. However, Dill and Carr note that
                            "bicycle lanes and paths alone are not likely to increase bicycle
                            commuting." They cite education about bicycling as an important
                            component of increasing the numbers of commuters.

                            Newly Launched Web Site Encourages Active Lifestyles

                            To help promote bicycling, Andy Clarke, executive director of the
                            League, and Tim Blumenthal, executive director of Bikes Belong,
                            unveiled a nationwide Web site designed to encourage people to lead
                            more active lives: www.activetransportation.org. The Web site was
                            created by Active Living by Design, a national program of The Robert
                            Wood Johnson Foundation, and will be managed by the League of American
                            Bicyclists and Bikes Belong. �Our vision is to see walking and
                            bicycling as widely accepted forms of behavior for transportation and
                            recreation,� said Richard Killingsworth, outgoing director of Active
                            Living by Design. �We�re delighted to launch this site and put its
                            management in the capable hands of the League of American Bicyclists
                            and Bikes Belong.�

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                          • Thomas Ebersold
                            news from the League of American Bicyclists: December 5, 2005 Colorado Cyclists Fight State Patrol Ban Colorado, one of the most bicycle friendly states in the
                            Message 13 of 14 , Dec 5, 2005
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                              news from the League of American Bicyclists:



                              December 5, 2005
                              Colorado Cyclists Fight State Patrol Ban

                              Colorado, one of the most bicycle friendly states in the U.S., has a
                              tempest brewing over the sudden and inexplicable move of its State
                              Patrol. On Nov. 28 the State Patrol published a decision it made to
                              limit rides in the state to 2,500 riders--effective immediately.
                              Because of the immediate and effective public outcry, the ban has now
                              been put on hold for one year, but it should be rescinded outright. In
                              a letter to the State Patrol, League Executive Director Andy Clarke
                              said, "States around the country, from Texas to Oregon, have found safe
                              and effective ways to host cyclists in the thousands, understanding
                              that encouraging a healthy lifestyle and fun means of transportation is
                              worth the extra work that large rides may entail." To learn more about
                              this issue from Bicycle Colorado, and to sign a petition, click here.
                              South Carolina Looks at Complete Streets

                              Senior staff at the South Carolina Department of Transportation will
                              benefit from a four-hour Complete Streets training on Wed., Dec. 7. The
                              program, hosted by the League and the Palmetto Cycling Coalition, and
                              supported by a generous grant from the Bikes Belong Coalition, offers
                              real life examples and design scenarios of complete streets,
                              encouraging South Carolina to implement their existing policy for
                              current and future road projects. The training program, developed by
                              the Toole Design Group, is designed to be a model for other states
                              nationwide. The half-day training, which is given in conjunction with
                              the state's annual bicycle and pedestrian conference, will be
                              complemented by a 90-minute workshop on Complete Streets and a
                              reception.
                              Transportation Research Board Update

                              The Transportation Research Board's annual meeting, Jan 22-26, 2006 in
                              Washington, D.C., will also help spread the word about Complete
                              Streets. The meeting is a gathering of hundreds of bicycle/pedestrian
                              experts, and includes a major emphasis on complete streets with
                              workshops and conference sessions. Other highlights include: ITDP's
                              announcement of Seoul, Korea as the Sustainable Transport Award
                              recipient; the Bicycle Transportation Committee meeting on Wed., Jan.
                              25 at 2:30 p.m.; and the Feet First Caucuses on the same day at 6:30
                              p.m. To learn more about the meeting, or to register, click here.
                              Integration of Bicycles & Transit

                              In more Transportation Research Board news, the agency has released its
                              latest analysis on the integration of bicycles and transit. The
                              research, which was led by Toole Design Group, shows that many transit
                              agencies nationwide have implemented bicycle programs since the
                              original study was done in 1994. To read the entire analysis, click
                              here.
                              Deadline Extended for Velo Mondial

                              The early-bird deadline for Velo Mondial has been extended to Jan. 20,
                              2006, and hotel accommodations in Cape Town, South Africa are selling
                              out quickly. The global bicycle planning conference, with a theme of
                              "Toward Prosperity," will be held March 5-10, 2006. To register, click
                              here.
                              Bicycle Leadership Conference News

                              The Bicycle Leadership Conference, which will be held Jan. 29-31, 2006
                              in Tempe, Ariz., includes a bike tour of Tempe, a bicycle friendly
                              community, and an analysis of how 15 years of federal funding have made
                              a difference locally and nationwide. For more information, or to
                              register, click here.
                              Cyclist/Advocate Stops Robbery in Maine

                              Cycling advocate Jeff Miller, executive director of the Bicycle
                              Coalition of Maine, helped stop a robbery in Augusta, Maine when he
                              chased a robber on his bicycle. A pedestrian also gave chase to the
                              would-be thief, and the purse-snatcher was stopped by them both. To
                              read the whole dramatic tale, click here. (or read below)

                              From the Kennebuck Journal


                              Civilians nab robbery suspect

                              By BETTY ADAMS
                              Staff Writer
                              AUGUSTA -- Lorelei Pushard had just put a birthday cake on the
                              passenger seat of her car in the parking lot of the Hannaford
                              supermarket on Willow Street when a young man came up to her, grabbed
                              her purse and shoved her face-first to the pavement.

                              Karen Skidgell, heading into the store to get coffee with her fiance,
                              Eddie Boudreau, heard Pushard scream and saw a man run off with a
                              purse.

                              Skidgell threw her cell phone to Boudreau, telling him to call 911, and
                              then took off down Willow Street after the purse-snatcher.

                              "I was hollering at all the cars," she said.

                              Skidgell's screams got the attention of Jeff Miller, who was bicycling
                              from his downtown office at the Bicycle Coalition of Maine.

                              "I must have biked right by it and was at the base of Myrtle Street
                              when I heard shouting. I looked back over my shoulder and saw this man
                              carrying a purse and this woman screaming 'Thief.' I turned my bike
                              around. The man turned around and ran back toward Hannaford," Miller
                              said.

                              Skidgell and Miller both grabbed the man and held him until Boudreau
                              arrived to help and said police were on their way.

                              Miller said the man didn't put up much of a struggle.

                              "What a dumb, dumb thing to do," Miller said. "He didn't have much will
                              to fight. He said, 'Let me go back and return this and apologize to
                              her,' but we said, 'No. We'll just wait.' "

                              Pushard's purse had landed in the street. "I took it back to her after
                              the guys had (the suspect) on the ground," Skidgell said.

                              At the scene, Officer Joe Burke of the Augusta police arrested William
                              T. McDonald, 19, of Chelsea, and formerly of New York City, and charged
                              him with robbery.

                              "Apparently this kid tried to trick her in a couple of ways," said
                              Officer Chris Shaw, who was interviewing witnesses in a Willow Street
                              parking lot next to the Hannaford store. "He told her, 'You dropped a
                              dollar on the ground.' "

                              "It was a terrible ordeal," Pushard, 65, said Sunday afternoon as she
                              prepared a birthday dinner for her daughter in her Augusta home.

                              "I'm hurt. I have sore shoulder."

                              Pushard was anxious to learn the identity of the woman who returned her
                              purse.

                              "I wanted to thank her for that," she said.

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                            • Thomas Ebersold
                              Interesting news items from the League of American Bicyclists: Bike to Work Week Grants Available There is still time to apply for the grants offered by the
                              Message 14 of 14 , Mar 28, 2006
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                                Interesting news items from the League of American Bicyclists:

                                Bike to Work Week Grants Available

                                There is still time to apply for the grants offered by the League of
                                American Bicyclists and Shimano to help communities with Bike to Work
                                Week 2006. To apply, send us 200-word essays on who, what, where and
                                how the Bike to Work program will make a difference in your community.
                                This year, special consideration will be given to communities that are
                                launching Bike to Work or Bicycle Friendly Community campaigns. The
                                deadline to apply for the grants is April 3 and the winners will be
                                announced on April 5. The grants range from $1,000 to $1,500 each, and
                                grant applications should be emailed to Sarah Stiles at
                                sarah@....

                                Free Bike Week Posters

                                Shimano, Bicycle Retailer and Industry News, and the League of American
                                Bicyclists have once again teamed up to bring you Bike to Work Week
                                Posters. The design is similar to last year's very successful artwork,
                                and the new dates are included. There is ample space to add your own
                                logo and Bike to Work Week information, if you would like. To receive
                                your free copies, email elizabeth@....

                                League Launches New Web site

                                As part of the League's mission, to promote bicycling for fun, fitness
                                and transportation, we have updated our Web site. The best part of the
                                new site is the Find It feature, which allows you to search for League
                                Cycling Instructors, courses, clubs, advocacy groups, bike shops, rides
                                and more with just one click. Check it out for yourself! The site also
                                features nationwide Bike Month events. If you know of an event that
                                isn't listed, send it to elizabeth@....

                                May 17: Rides of Silence Nationwide

                                On May 17 at 7 p.m., League board members, staff and members will join
                                thousands of cyclists nationwide in the Ride of Silence. Cyclists take
                                to the roads in a silent procession to honor cyclists who have been
                                killed or injured while cycling on public roadways. Although cyclists
                                have a legal right to share the road with motorists, the motoring
                                public often isn't aware of these rights, and sometimes not aware of
                                the cyclists themselves. Find out how you can participate here.

                                Kentucky Encourages Cycling

                                The Kentucky Legislature has unanimously passed a resolution that
                                states: "Direct the Legislative Research Commission to study Kentucky's
                                bicycling and pedestrian activities and options for increasing tourism
                                related opportunities and improving public health through bicycling and
                                pedestrian activity." To read the full text of this exciting
                                resolution, click here.

                                Calif. Radio Broadcast Sparks Controversy

                                Rick Roberts, a DJ in San Diego as well as an occasional mountain
                                biker, spoke out against cyclists who don't follow the rules of the
                                road in a March 20 broadcast. While the broadcast was derogatory;
                                played up stereotypes; took cheap shots; and was ill-informed, he
                                didn't cross the line and promote violence against cyclists. Still,
                                this kind of tasteless and inappropriate ranting doesn't help cyclists
                                or motorists share the road. See the response from the local bicycle
                                club and the radio station here.

                                New Report on Bicycling Standards

                                New York University's Rudin Center for Transportation Policy and
                                Management has released a new report: Pedestrian and Bicyclists
                                Standards and Innovations in Large Central Cities. From the
                                introduction: "Funded by the Federal Highway Administration and
                                performed in conjunction with the National Association of City
                                Transportation Officials, Inc., this report is the culmination of a
                                year-long effort aimed at reviewing pedestrian and bicyclist standards
                                and innovations in large central cities. The study involved a
                                literature review and analysis of the challenges facing large central
                                cities when trying to support pedestrians and bicyclists, as well as a
                                review of several promising approaches being taken in various cities.
                                In September 2005, a peer-to-peer session with representatives from ten
                                cities, and several agencies and advocacy groups, was held to fill in
                                gaps related to these approaches and policy concerns. The report is a
                                compilation and synthesis of the findings from these endeavors." Click
                                here (large PDF file) to read the report.

                                Podcast Features Cycling Advocates

                                A podcast discussing the success of bicycling advocates in having
                                federal funds set aside to improve bicycling in America is now
                                available online. The interviews were conducted by BikeBiz, a British
                                publication, at Velo Mondial in Cape Town, South Africa, and include
                                comments from Andy Clarke of the League and Elizabeth Train of Bikes
                                Belong.

                                National Public Health Week: April 3-9, 2006

                                In 2006, National Public Health Week will be celebrated in every state
                                in the nation. This year, the focus of NPHW is children and the built
                                environment and the tagline is �Designing Healthy Communities: Raising
                                Healthy Kids.� The League of American Bicyclists, as part of our work
                                with the Safe Routes to Schools National Partnership, is a partner in
                                this year's events. The week will highlight people who are by inspiring
                                Americans to build healthier communities and healthier kids.

                                League Board Election 2006

                                The League of American Bicyclists nominating committee has finalized
                                the slate of candidates for the 2006 election. Regions 1, 4 and 6 are
                                up for election, and the candidates are as follows:

                                Region 1 (CT, MA, ME, NH, NY, RI and VT): John Allen
                                Region 4 (IL, IN, MI and OH): John Gideon and Jim Sheehan
                                Region 6 (AK, CA, HI, ID, NV, OR and WA): Amanda Jones Eichstaedt and
                                John Forester

                                To vote, look for the ballot in the spring issue of American Bicyclist
                                in the coming weeks.
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