I have exciting news about awards, and legislative efforts to protect the rights of bicyclists. But first, a new development that takes advocacy to the next level. Read about it here!
Bike Walk America, a New Era!
The League of American Bicyclists is changing its name to Bike Walk America, or BWA, effective immediately, BWA Board Chair Amanda Eichstaedt announced today. The change reflects a 30-year trend which started with Transportation Alternatives, in New York City.
Eichstaedt also cited:
* the former Bicycle Federation of America, for a decade now the National Center for Bicycling and Walking;
* the Chicagoland Bicycle Federation, now the Active Transportation Alliance;
* the Thunderhead Alliance, once only serving bicycling advocacy organizations, now the Alliance for Biking and Walking.
"Reform of the US transportation system will succeed much more quickly if we advocates extend our efforts beyond a single travel mode," Eichstaedt explained. "But please don't fail to notice, BWA puts 'Bike' first, and we always will. Bike Walk America stands ready to meet the challenges of the 21st Century."
BWA Heels and Wheels Education Conference
The bi-annual BWA Education Conference is ramping up,
and it is destined to be a great one. Thanks to our expanded commitment to
Safe Routes to School and a $200,000 grant
we will be expanding our kids curriculum to cover walking!
Come to San Jose this summer to talk about the best way to teach cyclists and pedestrians;
to help BWA continue to improve our curricula; and to hear news and updates from the
world's foremost pedestrian and cycling educators.
We've lowered our fees by more than 30 percent this year. All fees increase by $100 after
the earlybird deadline of May 1.
BWA today announced a new, top Bicycle Friendly Communities award level -- Diamond -- and the first Diamond awards, to Amsterdam, Copenhagen, and Bogotá. "BWA seeks out the very best," explained BWA President Andy Clarke. "We can not restrict ourselves to one country."
On hand to accept the Copenhagen award was architect Jan Gehl, on his way to San Francisco. "We propose cycle tracks adjacent to the tracks for the historic cable cars, which will have handholds to assist bicyclists up steep hills. It will be more like Copenhagen," Gehl remarked.
BWA also announced a Bronze award to Venice, Italy. "We acknowledge that bicycles are banned everywhere in Venice, and we are working on that," added Clarke. "But Venice has a first-rate bicycle programme whose logo bears an uncanny resemblance to ours, and she is totally car-free -- a great walking city."
Weekend on Wheels 2009 in Twin Cities, Minn.
will be the host for BWA's 2009 National Rally.
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