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New scholarship program expands access to LCI Seminars

To reduce the barriers to bike education in underserved communities, the League is launching an Equity Scholarship Program which will offer approximately 40 full scholarships to people of color interested in teaching bike education courses in underserved communities.

Transportation bill passes in the House!

This afternoon the House of Representatives passed the INVEST in America Act, a five year transportation bill, and it includes important improvements in safety and equity thanks to the bike advocacy community.

Take action on equity in the next transportation bill

We have accomplished so much for people who bike in this bill. Let’s ride that extra mile and ensure the INVEST in America Act is the best reflection of building a Bicycle Friendly America truly for everyone.

Welcome back, Bicycle Commuter Benefit!

By encouraging more people to choose biking to work, the Bicycle Commuter Act will be part of the solution to reducing emissions from the transportation sector, the largest producer of greenhouse gas emissions.

Help lead the movement to build a more Bicycle Friendly America

The support of League members sustains the work we do everyday to protect the rights of people who bike and make bicycling better for all. We thank League members for their commitment to our mission, and we are asking: would you consider doing more - to lead the League, to guide us, and to inspire us?

Deadline to apply is July 10, 2020

Consider applying to join our Board of Directors. 

38 Places Recognized with a Bicycle Friendly Community Award

As more Americans turn to biking during the pandemic, the League of American Bicyclists honors the communities across the country making biking better for everyone 

Today, the League of American Bicyclists is honoring 38 places with a Bicycle Friendly Community (BFC) award in its Spring 2020 round of awards. An additional eight first-time applicants earned Honorable Mentions. These 38 communities, seven of which are new to the program, join 482 total BFC awardees in the movement to build a Bicycle Friendly America for everyone. 

Taking immediate steps to be anti-racist in Bicycle Friendly America applications

Effective today, the "Enforcement" sections of the Bicycle Friendly America applications for Fall 2020 will be taken offline while the League evaluates and updates the application questions about how communities' and universities' "Enforcement" of road safety. We will collaborate with Bicycle Friendly Communities, Universities, and other partners, listen, and roll out changes to the applications to encourage more equitable policies that make streets safer for everyone. 

Safe Streets for Everyone #BlackLivesMatter

Safe streets for everyone means more than bike lanes and sidewalks. It means that everyone is free to move on our streets, in our neighborhoods, and throughout our cities without fear of violence, racial profiling, or police brutality.

Breonna Taylor. Ahmaud Arbery. George Floyd. Each of them, and the too many Black Americans killed before, deserved the freedom to live. Because #BlackLivesMatter.

Supporting the future of transit

What is #BikesForTransit?

This Bike Month, as we celebrate biking, we can’t help but feel a gap in our normal transportation routines. That’s why today we’re all about #BikesForTransit to show the bike community’s support and appreciation for buses, trains, and other public transit that link us, our bike trips, and so many of our neighbors to work, school, the store, and so much more.

#BikesUnite Round-up for May 22th

It's been a whirlwind week of Bike Month and happy little reminders about how #BikesUnite. As always, I asked the League staff to be on the lookout for stories that inspired them, made them smile, or made them want to hop on a bike. As we head into the long weekend, it's our hope that the sun shines down on you this weekend as you get outside on one-to-three wheels. 

Be a Bike Ambassador during the Covid-19 Pandemic

We are experiencing a bike boom during this pandemic. The data and the news articles are undeniable evidence that people are biking more than before—but how do we make sure people love biking the same way we do?

#BikesUnite Round-up for May 15th

Today would have been Bike to Work Day, which in typical years is celebrated on the third Friday of May. Because Bike to Work Day is so much about commuting to an office, gathering with other people, and generally being the opposite of socially distant, the League decided to postpone this year's Bike to Work Day and (hopefully) celebrate on September 22, 2020 (also Car-Free Day!) 

#BikesUnite Round-up for May 8th

It's the second Friday of Bike Month, and during this particularly cruel year, I find myself looking for ever more things to cheer. So it is that I'm dedicating Fridays in May to celebrating the happy Bike Month moments and in particular sharing some of my favorite #BikesUnite from Twitter and Instagram. Please keep the amazing, uplifting, inspiring, funny, bike-y, and just plain posts coming.

Congress must fast-track transit and active transportation investments in pandemic response

Today, a coalition of transportation groups sent a letter to congressional leadership outlining four recommendations for how the federal government can fast-track transit and active transportation projects amid the COVID-19 crisis devastating cities and people America. 

With a focus on how Congress can empower cities to provide safe, equitable, and healthy transportation options during the pandemic and beyond, the recommendations call for:

Presenting our 2020 Award winners

At a typical National Bike Summit, we get to spend an evening together celebrating some of the remarkable people who keep our bike movement moving forward. These people and organizations take bold action, lead on equity and inclusivity, and inspire us to do better in our efforts to make biking better. 

In 2020, we get to celebrate over four nights! Since we took our Summit online, we’re taking our awards online, too. And you’re invited! Learn more about our 2020 Advocacy and Education Award winners below and sign up to attend our awards ceremonies.

Better vehicle design could save lives but USDOT and NHTSA fail to act

Between 2008 and 2018, pedestrian fatalities increased by 43 percent. Throughout the decade, numerous Department of Transportation officials over two administrations have touted pedestrian safety as a priority. While we have seen some effort by the Federal Highway Administration to study and address the problem, the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA), the agency in charge of vehicle safety standards, has not.