Friday, April 18, 2014
Posted by Bill at 12:00 PM
Posted by Bill at 10:00 AM
The League was honored to once again host Rep. Earl Blumenauer (D-OR) at the 2014 National Bike Summit, where he spoke about a very important piece of new legislation under consideration in the House.
The League has endorsed that bill, HR 3636: Update, Promote, and Develop America's Transportation Essentials Act of 2013, which increases the gas taxand indexes it for inflation for the years 2015 through 2024. The bill also expresses the sense of Congress that by 2025, the gas tax should be repealed and replaced with a more sustainable, stable funding source for transportation funding.
We've endorsed Blumenauer's bill because we believe the immediate chronic shortfall in transportation funding is detrimental for two critical reasons.
One, the massive investment we've made over the past 50 years in a national transportation system that is increasingly multi-modal is threatened by the lack of funding to maintain the infrastructure we've already got. We have built a highway and transit system that connects communities and gives people unparalleled freedom to travel -- and that system is threatened if we allow it to deteriorate. As bicyclists, we are keenly aware of the impact of crumbling, potholed roads.
The safety and convenience of all road users is compromised if we are unable to replace aging signals and upgrade roads to reflect current vehicle technology and performance capabilities. The effectiveness of transit systems is compromised if aging rolling stock, track and signal systems are allowed to decay -- and if people are deterred from using transit everyone loses with the added congestion and frustration that brings to our roads...
Posted by Bill at 8:00 AM
Thursday, April 17, 2014
Are we slowly seeing the death of the car commute? An exhaustive new report commissioned by the CDC looks at the progress the U.S. has made in encouraging walking and cycling.
Posted by Bill at 2:00 PM
Posted by Philip Skocich at 12:24 PM
8 Fascinating Facts about Bicycling and Walking in the United States | Alliance for Biking & Walking
1. We're seeing small but steady increases in the number of people biking and walking to work.
Wednesday, April 16, 2014
Posted by Philip Skocich at 5:00 PM
|A trial scheme will see 50 unemployed people receive a free bike, helmet and lights to help them find a job|
Jobseekers in Derby will be given free bikes refurbished by prisoners in a bid to help them find work.
Transport charity Sustrans will buy a bike, helmet and lights for 50 unemployed people in a scheme thought to be the first of its kind in the UK.
The £5,000 trial is funded by the city council's Connected initiative, aimed at encouraging alternatives to cars.
Al Ditheridge, from Sustrans, said he was "hopeful" more money would be granted to extend the scheme.
"Where affordability is an issue, bikes are cheap, they are cost-effective," he said.
"The main person who's going to get a jobseeker a job is the jobseeker. What the bike might help them do is go for training opportunities and go for work opportunities.
"Potentially a shift worker can't access a bus as there are no buses at 2am."
Posted by Philip Skocich at 3:00 PM
Tuesday, April 15, 2014
The appliances sitting atop your kitchen countertop may pull energy from the grid, but the Levitation bicycle built from the same acrylic as that kitchen countertop can put energy back into it.
We knew cycling was green, but DEzien is taking it to a whole new level. Connect on through to see how the electricity you create on the Levitation can power your home. And e-car. And iPhone and microwave and…
Monday, April 14, 2014
The Little 500 is the largest collegiate bike race in the United States. Modeled after the Indianapolis 500, riders compete in four-person teams around a quarter-mile cinder track at Bill Armstrong Stadium. The men’s race is 200 laps — 50 miles — and the women’s race is 100.
April 25th and 26th, 2014
More than 25,000 fans flock to the campus in Bloomington, Indiana, each April to be a part of IU’s storied tradition. And who can blame them? The excitement, the competition, the pageantry — Little 500 is an experience like no other.
The excitement doesn’t begin and end on race day. Check the IUSF Events Calendar to gear up for Little 500 throughout the year.
The race began in 1951 as a way to raise scholarship money for students working their way through college. Since that first race, IUSF has given away over $1 million to deserving undergrads.