Policy and Advocacy

The Bike League works to make biking better

We are the voice of the nation’s 57 million bicyclists, promoting and protecting your right to ride

From the halls of Congress to the streets of your community, the Bike League is working to make your next ride safer and more convenient with fewer "Bike Lane Ends" signs and more protected places for you, your family, and your neighbors to ride.

Our advocacy efforts span the spectrum, from lobbying Congress for our fair share of funding to empowering state and local advocates with the tools to win campaigns for better bike policies in your town. Since 1880, we have been the hub of information that gets the wheels spinning in communities nationwide. At the federal, state and local level, our efforts unite the voices of people who bike.

New Report: Every Bicyclist Counts

May 21, 2014

A terrible string of fatal bike crashes in the Tampa area in late 2011 and early 2012 left the local bike community reeling. As they shared each awful tragedy with us, we too felt frustrated and powerless. We also realized how little we really knew about the circumstances of serious crashes between bikes and cars, and how woefully inadequate (and late) the available data was at the national level.

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Navigating MAP-21: Bike/Ped in Hawaii

April 16, 2014

This blog is cross-posted from the Advocacy Advance website and is authored by Christy Kwan. Aloha! We just wrapped up our latest Navigating MAP-21 Workshop in Honolulu, Hawaii – co-hosted by the Hawaii Bicycling League and the Oahu Metropolitan Planning Organization (OahuMPO) – last Wednesday, April 9, 2014. Nearly 80 attendees representing bicycling and walking advocates, state and local agency staff, bicycle retailers, neighborhood board members, and elected officials and their staff attended the workshop held at the Hawaii State Capitol.

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New Report: Lifting the Veil on Spending

February 19, 2014

Each year, $37 billion is allocated to states for transportation projects. How much does your state plan to spend on bicycle and pedestrian facilities? The new Advocacy Advance report, Lifting the Veil on Bicycle and Pedestrian Spending, takes a look at a complex federal process – the Statewide Transportation Improvement Program (STIP). STIPs, at their most basic, are budget documents that express how states plan to spend federal transportation funds for the next four years.

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Petition: Bikes on the Susquehanna River Bridge

February 6, 2014

I have long admired the work of the East Coast Greenway Association. The vision of a 2,500-mile greenway from Maine to Florida is an inspiration in itself, of course. But the tenacity, effectiveness and collaborative spirit of the volunteers they have managed to engage over the years is truly second-to-none. So when they call and ask for help, we are happy to oblige.

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