December 19, 2011  

We have enjoyed bringing you the latest bicycling news this year. This American Bicyclist Update marks our last of 2011, and our office will be quiet the week of December 25-January 2. We hope you have a wonderful and restful holiday season. We will be raring to go again in 2012 an we're looking forward to the National Bike Summit, National Bike Month, educating new and returning bicyclists nationwide and well, saving cycling again and again. Your calls and e-mails to elected officials have been essential over the past year; your donation will help us do even more next year. Please make a donation today; and if you're not a member, join.  


Andy Clarke,


League President

National News
USDOT Announces 46 TIGER Recipients      
U.S. Transportation Secretary Ray LaHood announced last week that 46 transportation projects in 33 states and Puerto Rico will receive a total of $511 million from the third round of the U.S. Department of Transportation's (USDOT) TIGER program. Infrastructure projects include road and bridge improvements; transit upgrades; and new options for bicyclists and pedestrians. Chicago, Ill. is receiving $20 million toward their Blue Line renewal and City Bike Share. Read more about the program and the winning projects.
NTSB Calls for all Cellphone Use by Drivers      
The National Transportation Safety Board has called for the first nationwide ban on driver use of portable electronic devices (PEDs) while operating a motor vehicle. The safety recommendation calls for all 50 states and the District of Columbia to ban the nonemergency use of portable electronic devices (other than those designed to support the driving task) for all drivers. According to NHTSA, more than 3,000 people lost their lives last year in distraction-related accidents. Unfortunately, the AP is reporting that states will not heed recommendation. Read more on distracted driving.
Complete Streets in Commerce Bill      
The U.S. Senate Committee on Commerce, Science, and Transportation passed a federal transportation authorization bill that includes a measure for the safe accommodation of all users in federally-funded street projects. Alaska Senator Mark Begich offered the amendment that established this measure and accepted an amendment from Senator John Thune of South Dakota. The Committee voted unanimously in favor of the measure. The amendments modified S. 1950, the Commercial Motor Vehicle Safety Enhancement Act, which is one of the Commerce Committee's contributions to the overall reauthorization package. Read more.
Study Investigates Potential of Cycling to Reduce Emissions     
The European Cyclists' Federation (ECF) recently released a study that quantified emissions savings of cycling compared with other modes of transport. According to the study, if EU citizens were to cycle as much as the Danes in 2000, (an average of 2.6km a day), it would help the EU meet more than a quarter of the targeted emission reductions for the transport sector. Read more. Infographics here.
State & Local News
Bloomington Aims for Platinum 
Bloomington, Ind. -- a silver-level Bicycle Friendly Community (BFC) -- has released the final report of the Bloomington Platinum Biking Task Force. The report, Breaking Away: Journey to Platinum, details a plan to achieve a platinum BFC designation by 2016. It was adopted by Bloomington Common Council on November 30, 2011, following more than a year of work by the Task Force and city staff.
League News 
Bicycle Friendly America Local Reviewers 
Bicycle Friendly America (BFA) applicants span the U.S. We rely on our local reviewers to give us key insight into the communities, businesses, and universities that apply. We are building a local reviewer database for the BFA program to find and support new reviewers. If you have been a local reviewer in the past or are knowledgeable about bike issues and would like to become a new reviewer, please sign-up here! Your input is invaluable. Contact Nicole Wynands if you have any questions.
League Cycling Instructor Seminars 
Over the past few weeks, we have received several inquiries from individuals who are eager to become League Cycling Instructors (LCIs). With the start of 2012 just around the corner, it is important that we post seminars on the calendar as soon as possible, so that participants can plan accordingly. If you are interested in hosting a seminar (or know someone who is), please contact Alissa Simcox.
surveysHelp Us Help You 
Please tell us how you really feel! If you are an individual, club or advocacy organization, please take the according survey below. The results will shape our programming and benefits for the 2012 year. As an incentive for members to fill out the quick Member survey, one person will be chosen at random to receive $150. You can spend this money on new bike accessories, a down payment on your next bike vacation, or just dinner out with friends (perhaps after a great ride?).

Members Survey, Club Survey and Advocacy Organization Survey.

Thanks in advance for participating!
History Channel's Call for Bicyclists for New Show 
The History Channel's producers, who created the show American Pickers, are making a new show named Top Pickers. This new show will feature Picker Teams who will compete for the best pics, ultimately earning the title of Top Pickers and a big cash prize! For this run of the show they are interested in finding a team of cyclists who are also interested in picking. They are searching specifically for bicyclists who are energetic, knowledgeable, and passionate about collecting. Picking Teams should be able to spot hidden treasures, know how to flip items for profit and pick better than anyone they know. Interested candidates can apply by e-mailing ASAP with a description of you and your picking partner, your area(s) of expertise, your contact information, and a recent photo.
Participating in Climate Ride? Ride for the League.  
The classic Climate Ride from New York City to Washington, D.C. is this May 19-23, 2012, and registration is now open! If you are riding, ride for the League (you'll see the option while registering) and contribute to our mission of making America bicycle-friendly.
Holiday News 
Give a Family in Need a Bicycle this Holiday Season
As part of The Salvation Army's Angel Giving Tree program, more than 150 volunteers in Oklahoma City assembled a record 658 bikes for local children in need. The 'Bucks for Bikes' program, which began in 2006 with just 44 bikes, raised $26,000 to purchase the bikes directly from Huffy's California plant. See photos. With the newest Angel Giving Tree Online system, it's extremely easy for you to help a family who is struggling to provide both the basics and the fun stuff this Christmas season. The online process even gives you the option of customizing the age, gender and location of your angel. Click here to get started.
Professional Opportunities
Pro Walk/Bike Call for Proposals 
The National Center for Bicycling and Walking's Pro Walk/Pro Bike Conference 2012 has opened their call for proposals. You can submit proposals between now and February 1. The event takes place September 1-13 in Long Beach, Calif. Learn more.
Chattanooga-Hamilton County RPA
The Chattanooga-Hamilton County Regional Planning Agency (RPA) is embarking upon a public-private led regional planning effort that will include 15 counties, three major cities (Chattanooga, Cleveland, Dalton) and three states (Alabama, Georgia and Tennessee). The RPA will be the lead planning agency for the update to the Long Range Transportation Plan which will be integrated into the broader 16-county regional planning effort. The RPA is hiring several key project leadership positions. Learn more.
North Carolina DOT 
The North Carolina DOT is seeking persons interested in becoming the director of the Division of Bicycle and Pedestrian Transportation. See the job posting here. Note the closing date of 12/30/11.
St. Paul RFP for Bicycle Center in Union Depot 
The St. Paul, Minn. Ramsey County Regional Rail Authority is planning for a state-of-the-art bicycle center in the newly renovated Union Depot in St. Paul, Minn. Earlier this month, the rail authority issued an RFP seeking an operator for the center which will function as a hub for bicycle enthusiasts, commuters and recreational users. The center will feature secure bicycle storage, showers and lockers for commuters.
University of Maryland
The University of Maryland is hiring a part-time Bicycle Coordinator. Learn more and apply today.

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In This Issue
Tiger Recipients
NTSB Call for Cell Ban
Complete Streets
Cycling and Emissions
Bloomington Platinum Plan
BFA Local Reviewers
LCI Seminars
Help Us Help You
Bicyclist and a Collector?
Climate Ride - Rep the League
Salvation Army Donates Bikes
Pro Walk/Bike Presentations
Bicycle Center RFP
UMD Position
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