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.
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.
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.
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?
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This bill is transformative - it’s the first bill to approach real reform in almost 30 years - and within the systemic reforms in the INVEST in America Act are almost all the League’s priorities which means the INVEST in America Act is great for people who bike.
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.
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.
The House version of the transportation bill includes increased funding for biking and walking and a greater focus on safety for people biking and walking.
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.
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.
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.
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?
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!)
Can something better than a plastic bollard be used to protect people on bikes in protected bike lanes?
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.
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:
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.
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.
For decades, educating people about biking has been a core element of the League’s work. This has primarily focused on teaching people how to bike more safely by imparting skills such as how to approach intersections, how to make quick stops, and how to make sure your bike is safe to ride.
Bicycling makes life better. It makes us healthier and it makes us happier, two things that are always good for us and that are even more important in 2020. That’s why the League of American Bicyclists is so very excited to celebrate National Bike Month in May.
Go for a solo ride. Take a photo. Share it with the world. Show how #BikesUnite.