Today, the League of American Bicyclists announced 91 new Bicycle Friendly Businesses (BFB) from across the country, extending the program to 43 states and Washington, D.C. Rotating Mass Media, our parent company we share with our mountain bike magazine, Dirt Rag, joins 90 other businesses as 2013 awardees. These new awardees join a trendsetting group of more than 600 local businesses, government agencies and Fortune 500 companies across the United States that are transforming the American workplace. Read the full storyTweet Print
The Adventure Cycling Association and the American Association of State Highway and Transportation Officials announced that AASHTO’s Special Committee on U.S. Route Numbering has approved U.S. Bike Route 50 in Maryland, which follows the C&O Canal Towpath, and U.S. Bike Route 23 in Tennessee.Tweet Print
Want more green bicycle lanes in your city? PeopleForBikes is now accepting applications for Green Lane Project Phase 2, a campaign to bring protected bike lanes to city streets. The two-year campaign will choose six cities to collaborate on ways to create better streets.
In early 2012, the first phase of the Green Lane Project selected six U.S. cities — Austin, Chicago, Memphis, Portland, San Francisco, and Washington D.C. — to form a select partnership of leaders supporting the creation of next-generation protected bike lanes in America. Since the Project launched, green lanes have flourished. In year one of the Project, the number of protected lanes on city streets expanded from 62 to 102. By the end of 2013, the number is expected to double again, to nearly 200.
Only government agencies may apply. Cities are the primary intended applicants. However, PeopleForBikes is considering applications from counties, townships or other local jurisdictions that manage a significant roadway network within urban areas. Applicant agencies must serve a population of at least 80,000 to apply. Want to get involved? Contact your local government or advocacy group and express your support.
To apply, submit a letter of intent by November 15 and a full application by January 14, 2014.Tweet Print
As one of the largest cities in the world, traffic congestion is nothing new in Calcutta, India. But local authorities put the blame not on the growing numbers of cars on the narrow, centuries-old streets, but rather on bicycles, rickshaws and other non-motorized transportation.
According to the BBC, commuters make 2.5 million trips on bicycles in Calcutta every day, but the new law prohibits them from 174 major roads and thoroughfares.
Signs are popping up across the city announcing the prohibition, as have groups of cycling advocates that are protesting the ban. Many riders are simply ignoring it, and taking the chance of being fined or having their bicycle confiscated.Tweet Print
From the small town of Iten, 2 300m above the Rift Valley in Kenya, to the raw energy of Kigali, Rwanda, this is a story about the potential of African cycling and it’s ability to restore faith to this most beautiful, difficult and enigmatic of sports.
Can Africa be the next cycling powerhouse? What challenges stand in the way? Who are the characters?
Baisikeli follows the Kenyan National Cycling team as they hope to emulate the success of their running brothers and make a career in the sport.
You can rent or purchase the film through Vimeo now.Tweet Print
Kristin, Aurora, and Embry ride their bikes to and from work every day, as seen here coming home for the evening along the W&OD trail in Herndon, Virginia. Photo by Brian W. Knight.
Who says cities aren’t a great place for children? Streetsblog and the Alliance for Biking and Walking are hosting a photo contest for “Kiddies + Cities” to dispell that myth.
“The vibrancy and diversity in cities make them fertile ground for children’s sponge-like minds and boundless energy,” their contest page reads. “And what better way is there to model healthy, active living for your kids than to walk, bike, and explore the city with them outside the confines of a car?”Tweet Print
PeopleForBikes has awarded $82,250 in grants to be distributed among 10 projects that will improve the bicycling experience in communities across the country.
The program provides funding for important and influential projects that leverage federal funding and build momentum for bicycling in communities across the U.S. These projects include bike paths and rail trails, as well as mountain bike trails, bike parks, BMX facilities, and large-scale bicycle advocacy initiatives.
These grants require collaboration between at least one non-profit organization, one business, and one city or county agency to be considered for funding. The awards range from $5,000 to $10,000 and will support infrastructure and advocacy projects.Tweet Print
By the League of American Bicyclists
The National Bike Challenge charged into the finish line today, uniting almost 35,000 Americans to bike more than 18 million miles this summer. In just its second year, the friendly competition increased the distance traveled for transportation, recreation and fitness in communities nationwide by 50 percent.
Sponsored by Kimberly-Clark Corporation and presented by the League of American Bicyclists, the free program encouraged bicyclists of all ages and abilities to get back on their bikes, ride further, and experience the extraordinary health benefits of bicycling while helping reduce their environmental impact.Tweet Print
Photos by Andrew Marston
After living in Japan for more than two years, Andrew Marston was preparing to return to America. Then one month before his final adventure there, a bicycle tour across Japan, the deadly earthquake and tsunami devastated the country, killing more than 15,000 and leaving millions homeless.Tweet Print
On the twelfth anniversary of the terrorist attacks of 9/11, the September 11th National Memorial Trail Alliance is putting into action the plan to finish a series of bike paths connecting the cities where the planes crashed and the memorials to the victims.
According to the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette, Somerset County, Pa., has received $100,000 in grants to begin work to connect a path from Shanksville, Pa., where Flight 93 crashed, to the Great Allegheny Passage. The GAP trail, along with the C&O Canal Towpath, already connect Pittsburgh with Washington D.C. where Flight 77 struck the Pentagon.
From there the trail will extend up the East Coat Greenway, a long-term project to connect all the major cities on the East Coast with a traffic-free corridor.
The final leg, from New York to Shanksville will follow roads and rail trails through central Pennsylvania, though the exact route has not been decided.