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Help us increase and improve federal funding for biking and walking

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Imagine your community with more trails for people biking and walking. Imagine a bicyclist and pedestrian bridge over that major arterial that cuts neighborhoods off from each other. At the 2019 National Bike Summit, advocates asked their senators to support enhancements to the Transportation Alternatives (TA) program that would make it easier for local governments and agencies to fund and implement projects to make biking better.

League membership: the protected cycletrack of associations

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Here at the League, members are at the core of every program, every initiative, every action. As the 'big tent' national organization for bicycling, we need the wide depth and variety of experience, background, and perspective that only the bike community at-large can provide. Cycling in this country is experiencing a renaissance, built soundly on the platform of the many voices of our riders.

How #BikeSummit19 took over Twitter

It would be impossible to sum up #BikeSummit19 in one post--so I won’t. Over the next several weeks, we’ll post recaps with photos, presentations, and more detailed recaps about what we took away from the Summit. In the meantime, we want to celebrate the nearly 400 cyclists and advocates who attended the Summit and helped elevated our conversations about making biking better to the national stage.

Why Congress Should Put More Data in the Hands of Planners

When developers build new shopping centers or apartment complexes, they rely on datasets and visualization tools that illustrate how people can get to and from these sites most efficiently and safely, including by bike. Unfortunately, state and local Departments of Transportation often do not have access to these private sector data tools that would show them how improved bike facilities would increase everyone’s ability to get places safely and quickly.

Congratulations to the 2019 National Bike Summit Awardees

Each National Bike Summit is an opportunity to recognize the exemplars of our vibrant bicycle advocacy community. From organizations to individuals, everyone plays an important role in the campaigns and initiatives that make biking better. These awardees are the ones that inspire us, keep us motivated, and encourage us to reach bigger goals. We were honored to have the 2019 award winners join us at the National Bike Summit and share their stories with us. 

The five principles of a Bike New Deal

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In our recent 2018 Benchmarking Report, the League found the U.S. is in the midst of a public health crisis of physical inactivity and deadly roads. The Bike New Deal addresses the urgency to act, and act in a big way to make biking and walking better for everyone.

Is it infrastructure week again?

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President Trump campaigned the need for a $1 trillion investment in improving our infrastructure, and he mentioned the issue once again in last night’s State of the Union address. It was an important, if brief, moment.

Welcoming two new coaches to the League

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In creating a more Bicycle Friendly America, the League wants to make biking safer, easier, and more accessible to everyone, whether commuting to work, exercising, or simply enjoying the freedom felt while bicycling. Part of that is engineering and encouragement, but a large part of that is education. To be a Bicycle Friendly Community, for example, a place must offer educational programs in bicycling skills for adults and children.

Learning how Mobiel 21 is growing the bicycle culture in Belgium

While we’re building a more Bicycle Friendly America, there are advocates and educators working around the world to make their own countries more welcoming to cyclists--even in places we think of as havens for bicyclists, like Belgium.

What's Next for Walking and Biking in 2019?

In 2019, our movement of biking advocates will have several opportunities to create a more Bicycle Friendly America on Capitol Hill and through local partners at the community level. The League's efforts to make our roads and cities more welcoming for bicyclists, pedestrians, and other road user are often most successful when we join forces with like-minded organizations, such as our friends at America Walks and the Safe Routes to School National Partnership.

The State of Bicycle Counting 2018 Infographic

We're committed to building a Bicycle Friendly America which means helping more cities and towns meet the criteria to become Bicycle Friendly Communities. We couldn't do that without the support of partners like Eco-Counter. Last year, we worked with Eco-Counter to survey almost 200 communities across the country, including BFCs and non-BFCs, to learn how local officials are counting bicyclists on their trails and roads.