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National Women’s Bicycling Summit coming in September

We got a press release a few days ago about an upcoming event that should be very enlightening:

For Immediate Release

Contact: Carolyn Szczepanski, League of American Bicyclists
(202) 822-1333, Carolyn@BikeLeague.org

Women’s Summit to Tackle Gender Disparity in Bicycling

National event will gather leaders and galvanize action to get more women riding

Washington, D.C. – July 23, 2012 – Leah Missbach Day, co-founder of World Bicycle Relief, will keynote the first-ever National Women’s Bicycling Summit on September 13, 2012 in Long Beach, California.
Speaking about how the bicycle can inspire both personal and cultural revolutions, Day will set the stage for an event aimed at increasing the number of women who ride bikes and empowering female leadership at all levels of the bicycle movement.

In 2009, women accounted for just 24 percent of all U.S. bike trips. Hosted by the League of American Bicyclists and the Association of Pedestrian and Bicycle Professionals, the National Women’s Bicycling Summit will provide a unique opportunity to network, share best practices and develop action steps to close the gender gap in American bicycling.

“This event will be a powerful opportunity to learn from each other, build a network of female leaders from coast to coast, and work toward a bike future where women don’t account for just 24 percent of bike trips, but are equally represented on the streets and in the movement,” said Carolyn Szczepanski, communications director for the League of American Bicyclists.

The Summit will be held at the Long Beach Convention Center, immediately following the Pro Walk Pro Bike conference, from 2 p.m. to 11:30 p.m. on September 13.

In addition to the keynote address, the Summit will feature six break-out sessions, including media, diversity and car-free families. Speakers will include:

Dotsie Bausch, Olympic track cyclist
Elly Blue, writer/speaker, Taking the Lane
Yolanda Davis-Overstreet, Ride in Living Color
Emily Finch, Car-free mother of six
Kristin Gavin, founder, Gearing Up
Mia Kohout, publisher, Momentum magazine
Allison Mannos, co-founder, Multicultural Communities for Mobility
Ovarian Psychos women’s bike brigade
Staff and youth leaders from Recycle-A-Bicycle
and many others…
The Women’s Summit will also include the “Cycle Chic: Past, Present & Future” urban bike fashion show, hosted by Women On Bikes SoCal and inspired by Mikael Colville-Andersen, founder of Copenhaganize.com and the world-wide Cycle Chic movement. Colville-Andersen will be a special guest at show.

“We’re so delighted to pay homage to Mikael, and the influential place the bike holds right now as a design and fashion darling,” said Melissa Balmer, Editor/Initiative Director for Women On Bikes SoCal. “We hope both the Summit and the fashion show will inspire more women to become active participants in the crucial movement of bicycle advocacy.”

Tickets for the Summit (open to women and men) are $35 and registration is now live. Click here to sign up!

Scholarships are available for women with financial need: For more information, contact Carolyn Szczepanski at carolyn@bikeleague.org.

Visit www.bikeleague.org/conferences/women for additional details and updates. Learn about the Cycle Chic fashion show at www.womenonbikessocal.org.

You may remember that our own Elizabeth Adamczyk attended this year’s National Bike Summit, and also attended the Women In Cycling Forum. It looks like the National Women’s Bicycling Summit will build on some of the topics discussed at that forum back in March.

10 reasons Congress must save bike/ped funding

The following came from a press release issued by the League of American Bicyclists…entitled “Top 10 Reasons Congress Must Preserve Bicycle and Pedestrian Programs”:

“For the past 20 years, local elected officials have had access to state transportation funds through a handful of federal programs for bicycling and walking initiatives: Safe Routes to School, Transportation Enhancements and Recreational Trails. They account for just 1.5 percent of the overall federal transportation bill and have all been heavily over-subscribed since their creation.

Despite the overwhelming success and popularity of these programs, House Republican leadership and a handful of influential Senators have waged an unexplained and inexplicable vendetta against these programs — not to save the government any money, just to prevent state or local governments spending their money on these specific programs and activities, removing any vestige of local control over transportation investments.

Here are our top ten reasons why members of Congress must reject these small-minded and vindictive attacks.

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To read the list (including a couple of “surprises”…the U.S. Military supports Safe Routes to School? Wow!), please visit the LAB blog by clicking here.

A list of lists…

A bunch of bike-related lists have appeared on the interwebs in the past few days, and we wanted to share some of them with you. Plus, creating our own list is a good way for me to clear out my email inbox in one fell swoop:

1) The League of American Bicyclists published their 2012 State Bike-Friendliness Rankings. Here they are, in order:

1. Washington
2. Minnesota
3. Massachusetts
4. Colorado
5. Oregon
6. Wisconsin
7. New Jersey
8. Maryland
9. Maine
10. Delaware
11. Illinois
12. California
13. Utah
14. Arizona
15. Pennsylvania
16. Iowa
17. Virginia
18. Vermont
19. Michigan
20. Connecticut
21. Florida
22. New Hampshire
23. Georgia
24. North Carolina
25. Wyoming
26. Tennessee
27. Texas
28. Missouri
29. Nevada
30. Indiana
31. Louisiana
32. South Carolina
33. Alaska
34. Kansas
35. Oklahoma
36. Idaho
37. Ohio
38. Mississippi
39. Rhode Island
40. South Dakota
41. Hawaii
42. New York
43. Nebraska
44. Kentucky
45. New Mexico
46. Montana
47. Alabama
48. West Virginia
49. North Dakota
50. Arkansas

More details can be found on the LAB website.

2) The LAB has also updated its “Bicycle Friendly Cities” list…with some new entrants and plenty of old favorites. Check out the interactive Bike Friendly Cities map by clicking here.

3) The folks at Walk Score announced they have a new “Bike Score” in the works…currently, it only has 10 cities, but there are plans to expand the listings based on Tweeted votes and future growth of the Bike Score system. Check out the current list of cities here.

4) Bicycling Magazine has gotten in on the act, publishing their 2012 list of America’s Top 50 Bike-Friendly Cities. There are lots of pages to click through, but the process is enjoyable and illustrative. Check out that list by visiting Bicycling’s website.

5) Perhaps most important for OUR purposes here at Bikecommuters.com (and a bid at shameless self-promotion!) is that we are nominated for Loving the Bike‘s “Crank Honors 2012”. We ask that you swing on over to their site and vote for us as Favorite Commuter Cycling Blog. It’s a 1-minute process, and there is no site registration required…just click on the radio button next to our site name and click “vote”. And, best of all, you can vote for us EVERY DAY until June 1st!!! Please take a second and vote for us…simply visit the virtual voting booth and click away! Thanks in advance for your consideration!!!

Bike To Work Week: Rookie Commuter Resources

I love my Bike in all the months.

Hello enthusiastic readers – year-round cyclists, beginner cyclists, or future bike commuters!  Like the title above says, next week is Bike to Work Week! May is also the only month where you can cycle to work and get loads of freebies – safety tuneups, swag, blinkie lights, bike maps, and bike buddies.  Check out Jack’s article for handy links. For the bike-commuters-to-be and fledgling velodactyls, the staff writers at Bike Commuters wanted to share some tips, inspiration, and motivation to make May’s Bike to Work Week the best. week. ever. Everyone remembers the first time they rode a bike, and our readers have told us how they got started pedaling to work, and it turns out Bike to Work Week is a great starting point!

Here’s a list of some great articles I call the Rookie Commuter Resources. Hand selected and gleaned by yours truly… and don’t forget to read the comments, sometimes you guys are the ones with the best tips for bike commuting!  Enjoy:

  1. Let’s Bike – This year, Elizabeth presented the basics on bike commuting at her job.  She asked our readers to give their advice to newbie commuters.  As Ghost Rider says, “the comments are GOLD” in this one.
  2. 10 Bike Commuting Myths Dispelled Jack’s buddy Alan Snel shines truth on all myths related to bike commuting.
  3. My Conversation with a Cop about Bikes, Traffic, and Safety TipsRL hashes it out with his friend “Officer Ben” to discuss the legal stuff and how to bike commute safely within the law!
  4. Out of My Way, Boys!This article is by Dottie from Let’s Go Ride a Bike.  A funny read for Cycle Ladies getting pumped to tear up the streets!
  5. Commuting in Style (Pint-Sized Edition) Matt gives some tips on how to bike commute with tiny humans (a.k.a. children).
  6. Friday Musings – Top 3 Must-Have Bike Commuting AccessoriesReaders share their thoughts on their favorite commuter accessories.

We know there are more out there, on our site and others, so please share more links in the comments box for any Rookie Commuter Readers out there getting pumped for Bike to Work Week: May 14th through 18th!  Pedal Forward, Cycle Ladies and Gents!

Lookin' fly, Priscilla! Bike to Work Week with your DOG!

National Bike Month in May

Well, we’re a week into National Bike Month here in the U.S….at least for states that choose to celebrate in May (as opposed to, say, March. I’m talking about YOU, Florida). Great things are happening all over the country, from bike-safety clinics, to free commuter breakfasts, to neighborhood tours, “commuter trains”, and a thousand other events.

Want to find out what sort of events are going on in YOUR corner of the U.S.? The League of American Bicyclists has you covered…with their handy event finder. Simply visit the link, type in your city, state or ZIP code and voila…a smorgasbord of events to choose from!

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Ride strong and ride safe, and don’t forget to spread the word…two wheels is not only good for you, for your wallet, and for the environment, but it’s also a blast. If you have any special events you’d like to get out the word on, please leave details in the comment box below.