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Encouraging physical activity with safer streets

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It’s a foundational belief at the League: when more people ride bikes, life is better for everyone. One way we know bicycling improves lives is that it contributes to the overall health of our nation: our neighbors, ourselves, and our fellow Americans across the country.

The League joins others to tell Congress to put safety first for automated vehicles

Most days, you can find the League doing meetings on Capitol Hill. Typically, we're doing one-on-one meetings, but today, I was joined by experts from Advocates for Highway and Auto Safety, the Center for Auto Safety, the Disability Rights Education and Defense Fund, Transportation for America, and the New York City Department of Transportation to for a congressional briefing for staffers on how automated vehicles can make Americans safer.

Take Action: Keep up the momentum for more federal funding for biking

The Transportation Alternatives program accounts for almost half of all federal funding for bicycling and walking infrastructure, and it's currently capped at $850 million per year - for the entire country. In March, attendees at the 2019 National Bike Summit asked Congress for improvements to the TA program that would make biking better...

Salvaging the suggestions of the NTSB

In the weeks since the National Transportation Safety Board’s hearing on bicycle safety, media attention has focused on the board members’ addition of recommendations that focus on mandatory helmet usage. We reviewed the media covering the NTSB report and found that 18 of 21 articles mentioned mandatory helmet laws – and only mandatory helmet laws – in their headline.

Thankful for the people and places committed to being a Bicycle Friendly Community

Twice a year, the League of American Bicyclists honors communities, their city leaders and local advocates, with awards based on the progress these places have made towards being more welcoming to people who bike. Today, we're announcing the 65 communities who earned official Bicycle Friendly Community certification or Honorable Mentions.

How BUILD grants are building a Bicycle Friendly America

DOT announced $883 million in BUILD Grant awardees yesterday. Of the 55 projects awarded, 21 included significant funding for bicycling and walking while five others included some pedestrian and bicycle infrastructure.

Statement on NTSB decision to endorse mandatory helmet laws

On November 5, the National Transportation Safety Board staff presented the board with their report, "Bicyclist safety on US Roadways: Crash Risks and Countermeasures" and recommendations. While the report noted bike infrastructure and better vehicle design are critical elements to bicyclists' safety, the board members chose to place an emphasis on and change staff recommendations to reflect mandatory helmet usage.