New Opportunities and Bike Justice

By bikeleague | February 6, 2014

In his State of the Union address last week, President Obama emphasized American energy independence. He foretold a future with fair wages, where students can find opportunity, and more families can afford to buy their homes. Does this relate to bicycling? Yes, because we ride in shared public spaces that are part of larger built environments tied together through economic, social, and ecological systems.

Take Action for Bike Equity

By bikeleague | January 29, 2014

An innovative, bi-partisan bill in Congress, introduced by Representative Albio Sires (D-NJ), would take steps to advance equity for bicyclists and pedestrians, and boost funding for bike/ped projects low-income communities. Read more about the New Opportunities for Bicycle and Pedestrian Infrastructure Financing Act of 2014.

Infographic: 2014 Federal Priorities

By bikeleague | January 29, 2014

The League doesn’t just organize the National Bike Summit one week per year — we have a presence on Capitol Hill all year round, advocating the best policies for bicycling nationwide. In 2014, we’re focusing on four key areas to build a Bicycle Friendly America for everyone.

Bike Share Equity and Local Projects

By bikeleague | December 18, 2013

Last Thursday, NPR ran a story about bike share accessibility issues. The reporter, Joel Rose, shared interviews with street users in DC’s Anacostia neighborhood, a bike advocate in New York City, and a researcher in Chicago. This struck me as odd because while bike equity is a nationwide problem, it’s something being addressed differently in each of those cities.

Equity Advisory Council Seeks New Member

By bikeleague | December 11, 2013

In response to the growing consensus among bicycle advocates that we need to develop better strategies to engage with communities of color, youth, and women, the League formed an Equity Advisory Council in February 2013. We are pleased to announce that we are looking to bring on a new member in early 2014.

New Equity Report: Engaging Youth

By bikeleague | December 2, 2013

Devlynn Chen, a member of our Equity Advisory Council, worked with the League on an internship this summer to help us better understand what motivates youth to ride and how to engage them in advocacy. The result? A new report, authored by Chen, on “Engaging Youth in Bicycle Advocacy.”

Crossing Divides with Major Taylor

By bikeleague | November 26, 2013

On today’s date in 1878, Marshall “Major” Taylor was born into an African-American family in Indianapolis. Taylor went on to a groundbreaking career as a bike racer, back in the age when Madison Square Garden was a velodrome and people flocked to see bike races. In an era characterized by the twisted asymmetry of “separate but equal,” when the League’s own membership was divided over racial segregation, Major Taylor flourished as the only African-American cyclist to reach the apex of the racing world.

Another Bike/Ped Bill Coming

By bikeleague | November 15, 2013

It’s been a busy week on Capitol Hill for bicycling. Last night, we saw the introduction of the Bicycle and Pedestrian Safety Act in Congress. Earlier yesterday, Rep. Albio Sires (D-NJ) announced his intention to introduce a bill to empower underserved communities to invest in bicycling and walking networks. This forthcoming bill, he said, is inspired in part by the “The New Majority: Pedaling Toward Equity” report the League produced in partnership with the Sierra Club.

6 Highlights from the CA Bike Summit

By bikeleague | November 15, 2013

Every time I head to the Golden State, I leave with new energy and inspiration. And I’m still buzzing with all the amazing connections and conversations I had last weekend at the California by Bike Summit 2013. Here are just a few of the highlights…

Bicycling as Part of Equitable Urbanism

By bikeleague | October 29, 2013

The League’s new Equity Initiative Manager explores how the rapid pace at which the face of bicycling is changing in America shows that biking isn’t just a healthy way to get around, but a multifaceted world of diverse people who use bikes together.