The Trump Administration just released the budget for fiscal year 2018 and it’s not good for bicycling. The budget proposes to cut overall funding for the Department of the Interior by 5.3 percent and the Department of Transportation by 16 percent.
If approved, this budget will cut funding for bike trails and paths in our National Parks and National Recreation Areas. It will reduce support for the Land and Water Conservation Fund, which has helped create some of the best places to ride in the U.S. The budget also guts the TIGER grant program, which is instrumental in helping communities fund multimodal transportation projects that often improve bicycling.
Use this easy letter-writing tool provided by PeopleForBikes to send a letter to your U.S. Senators and U.S. Representatives. Ask them to restore level funding for these critical programs in 2018.
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We just tested a Boda Boda in Issue #33 and loved it’s comfortable ride and handy cargo capacity. If you’ve been thinking about getting one of your own, now’s the time. Yuba is offering 50 limited edition Boda Boda bikes in partnership with PeopleForBikes to help raise money for bicycling infrastructure.
Yuba is donating $100 from the sale of each of the $999 bikes to the PeopleForBikes Community Grant Program, a fund for projects that leverage federal dollars to build bike paths and rail trails, mountain bike trails, bike parks, BMX facilities and more. The program has awarded 272 grants to non-profit organizations and local governments in 49 states and the District of Columbia, investing nearly $2.5 million and leveraging $650 million in public and private funding.
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Done correctly, great bike infrastructure can create great cities. But how do cities ensure that the systems are built equitably, serving everyone in the community? National bicycling advocacy organizations PeopleForBikes and the Alliance for Biking & Walking explore these topics in a new report on equity released today titled “Building Equity. Race, Ethnicity, Class and Protected Bike Lanes: an Idea Book for Fairer Cities.”
The report features stories from planners, leaders and activists in communities of color around the country who are working to build connected, all-ages bike networks. Essential to these networks are protected bike lanes, which are on-street lanes separated from traffic by curbs, planters, parked cars or posts. A review committee of transportation equity experts from city government, consulting, advocacy and academia guided the report.
“This new idea book is a resource for city staff and bicycling advocates across the country, as well as anyone motivated to help create more diverse and equitable American cities,” said PeopleForBikes Vice President of Local Innovation, Martha Roskowski. “We hope that it can be a useful tool to help people better understand these complicated and crucial topics.”
The 36-page report has three main components:
- Profiles of 10 people of color from around the country who are, for diverse reasons, advocating for protected bike lanes in their communities.
- Data-rich explorations of the role good bike infrastructure has played in advancing equity in Colombia, Denmark and China.
- A collection of statistics, new and old, about the intersections of race, ethnicity, income and bike infrastructure, including some from a major new statistically valid survey of U.S. biking habits.
Some of the newer statistics on equitable biking were derived from the first-of-its-kind U.S. Bicycling Participation Report, commissioned by PeopleForBikes, which was released on March 2. Some of the key findings include:
- The lowest-income households bike the most
- The lower the income, the less you drive
- Hispanic people bike for recreation the most
- People of color bike for transportation most
- People of color care more about protected bike lanes
“Through curating these stories, we learned that advocates and cities need to work with underserved communities in thoughtful and proactive ways, as they have the potential to benefit from advanced bike infrastructure like protected bike lanes the most,” said Alliance for Biking & Walking President/CEO, Jeffrey Miller.
To learn more about this new report on equity and bicycling, join a free webinar today (March 4) at 3 p.m. Eastern time hosted by the Association of Pedestrian and Bicycle Professionals. PeopleForBikes staff and one of the local experts interviewed in the report will discuss lessons from their work.
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Bicycle riding is on the rise in the U.S., or so we hear, but what kind of bicycling? And where? And by whom?
Those are some of the questions addressed in a new study released today by PeopleForBikes, based on the general population of the country, not just cyclists. Conducted by the Breakaway Research group in the fall of 2014 it measures cycling across all types of riders and all types of cycling.
According to PeopleForBikes, most cycling surveys only address specific types of cyclists and their habits—commuters, inner city residents, racers, etc. The the U.S. Bicycling Participation Benchmarking Report not only measures participation, it also addresses cycling’s perceptions and barriers in the U.S.
- 34 percent of Americans aged three and older rode a bicycle at least one day in the past year.
- Of those who rode a bicycle, many do so infrequently: 30 percent rode five days or fewer.
- Those who rode for transportation are much more likely to have done so to get to and from social, recreation, or leisure activities (70 percent) than to have commuted to and from work or school (46 percent).
- 48 percent of adults in the U.S. don’t have access to an operational bicycle at home.
- 54 percent of adults in the U.S. perceive bicycling as a convenient way to get from one place to another and 53 percent would like to ride more often.
- However, 52 percent worry about being hit by a car and 46 percent say they would be more likely to ride a bicycle if motor vehicles and bicycles were physically separated from automobile traffic.
In all, more than 16,000 completed interviews were conducted, and PeopleForBikes hopes to continue to conduct surveys like this one at least every three years.
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National bicycling organization PeopleForBikes set out in March 2010 to unite one million voices in support of a better future for biking. Today PeopleForBikes achieved this milestone—one million Americans have joined the movement to making riding better for everyone.
“Today is a historic day for PeopleForBikes. We are proud to have one million individuals standing behind our vision and goals,” said President of PeopleForBikes, Tim Blumenthal. “We would like to thank everyone who has showed their support for better bicycling. We plan to keep growing!”
PeopleForBikes believes that people, wherever they live, should be able to bike safely and comfortably and enjoy the many benefits of bicycling—for health, recreation, the economy, the environment, community and sustainability. PeopleForBikes focuses its efforts to improve bicycling through its Green Lane Project, political work, community grants, national partnerships, and by providing bicycling statistics and resources for use by all stakeholders.
Highlights along the way
The list below highlights the organization’s most significant achievements along the road to one million:
- Until the PeopleForBikes campaign launched in 2010, fewer than 250,000 people had ever taken action to improve bicycling by joining an advocacy group, yet tens of millions of Americans ride a bike every year. By providing a new, simple way for riders to take action, PeopleForBikes has succeeded in getting a record number of Americans to step up and be heard.
- PeopleForBikes has helped grow annual federal funding from $200 million to $800 million, which has increased the number of safe places available for people to ride.
- PeopleForBikes’ political work in D.C., combined with hundreds of thousands of letters to Congress from individual PeopleForBikes members, has helped create more than 29,000 bike paths, lanes and trails across the U.S.
- PeopleForBikes’ Green Lane Project has catalyzed an increase in protected bike lanes in an effort to create low-stress streets in U.S. cities. Since 2010, the number of protected bike lanes nationwide has quadrupled.
- PeopleForBikes has awarded more than 300 grants to non-profit organizations and local governments in 49 states and the District of Columbia. Their investments total nearly $10 million and have leveraged more than $650 million in public and private funding.
- Most recently, PeopleForBikes launched a national road safety campaign called Travel With Care that aims to improve relations between drivers and bike riders.
This is only the beginning for PeopleForBikes and its mission to improve bicycling. The organization will now measure its goals against a major initiative called 5X: By 2025, PeopleForBikes aims to grow key elements of bicycling in America by 500 percent. During the next 10 years, PeopleForBikes plans to increase its base to five million supporters—assembling and mobilizing a grassroots army of bicyclists with major political clout.
The 5X vision would also mean that by 2025, the total number of annual bike rides taken by Americans would grow by 5X—from 4 billion to 20 billion—by facilitating better bike infrastructure and safer, more appealing riding conditions. Additionally, PeopleForBikes will work to grow the number of protected bike lanes in U.S. cities by 5X—from 200 lanes to 1,000 lanes—by working intensively with city leaders through the Green Lane Project.
PeopleForBikes envisions 5X the mileage of singletrack trails to be available for mountain biking and a leap in the number of bike parks and other bicycling facilities in communities nationwide. Finally, PeopleForBikes aims to grow public and private investments in bicycling from its current $2 billion to $10 billion.
To achieve this growth, PeopleForBikes will develop a new group of leaders (elected officials, business CEOs, media movers, celebrities and pro athletes) to endorse its goals and boost the grassroots effort.