The potential merger of the U.S.’s three main national “bike” advocacy groups – Alliance for Biking & Walking, Bikes Belong, and the League of American Bicyclists – that we announced here back in February is now on hold… for now. The leaders of the three groups “have decided not to pursue full unification at this time.”
As announced in the press release on all three sites:
The three groups continue to operate independently, in close collaboration, to make bicycling safer and more enjoyable for all Americans…
…The three groups continue to work together and have committed to achieving the following benchmark goals by 2020:
1. The nationwide percentage of trips made by bike will increase to five percent (from one percent in 2012), and the diversity of people on bikes will mirror the diversity of America;
2. Traffic injuries and fatalities (in all modes) will decrease by 50 percent;
3. Half of all Americans will have front-door access to a bicycling network that will take them to destinations within two miles exclusively on low-stress streets, lanes, and trails—protected from high-speed traffic.
The leaders of all three groups began the unification discussion fully aware of the challenges of blending unique legal structures, membership bases, project priorities, and headquarters locations. While these talks didn’t produce a merger, the groups will continue to work together to engage, represent and connect the many different elements of the bicycling movement. They will focus on federal, state, and local projects that best improve bike infrastructure and safety in the United States.
Seems that the “super advocacy group” will not likely emerge any time soon.
It won’t deter me from pursuing my own volunteerism within the bike community or stop me from supporting each of these groups separately. What about you?