Today’s news: some good, some bad

SRAM awards $1.2M to support bike advocacy

SRAM, the League of American Bicyclists and the Alliance for Biking and Walking have announced a new, three-year campaign to double the amount of federal dollars spent on pedestrian issues in that time. 

The Advocacy Advance initiative will be backed by a $1.2 million grant from bicycle component maker SRAM to foster transportation advocates across the country in their effort to secure increased federal funding. 

The partnership was created two years ago, and under that banner, League and Alliance staff research issues vital to the bicycling community and create reports that give advocates the data and knowledge they need to effectively promote bicycling. The partnership also awarded more than $500,000 in direct grants, technical assistance and scholarships to support local and state bicycle advocacy organizations.

Now they are strategically targeting federal funding. While bicycling and walking make up 12 percent of all trips in the U.S., those modes receive less than two percent of federal transportation dollars. 


Long Beach, Calif., police crack down on critical mass ride

Once again a critical mass ride has made the news after tangling with police. This time it happened in Long Beach, where police stopped a ride of about 85 riders, cited about 60 cyclists and impounded about 20 bikes, the Los Angeles Times reported

The riders, who began at Cal State Long Beach, were cited for not having proper lights, for riding unlicensed bicycles and riding without brakes. 

Police said the ride was shut down because it did not have the required permit, but local advocates claim they had tried to secure the permit for the past two months to avoid police entanglement. 

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