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Meet Our Bikes Count Winner Part 1: Treasure Valley Cycling Alliance

09/23/2021 0:02
Bicycle Friendly America
Bicycle Friendly Community

During May’s Bike Month, the League and Eco-Counter hosted a ‘Bikes Count’ Data Competition that provided two winners with expert cleaning, analysis, and visualization of their bike data. Check out the following blog from our friends at Eco-Counter for more on the data from Treasure Valley Cycling Allianceour advocacy organization winner. This is part one of a two-part series so keep an eye on our blog for part two!


The two winners of the first-ever ‘Bikes Count’ competition are the City of Charlottesville in Virginia and Treasure Valley Cycling Alliance (TVCA) in Boise, Idaho! Throughout the summer, we have been supporting Charlottesville and TVCA to get the most out of their cycling data and to use those insights for meaningful, bike-friendly change in their community.

Over the next two blog posts, we are going to dig into each winner’s story and the data that makes an impact on their biking movement. Today, we start with Treasure Valley Cycling Alliance.

If You Don’t Count, It Doesn’t Count

Treasure Valley Cycling Alliance is a non-profit membership organization of volunteers working to promote bicycling and improve transportation infrastructure for bicycles in Idaho’s Treasure Valley. Since 2007, TVCA has conducted manual counts of cyclists twice a year in September and May using the intersection turn counting methodology. Counts have been conducted at over 140 locations during commuter times (7-9am and 4-6pm), totaling nearly 37,000 bikes counted.

A core goal of the TVCA manual count program is to leverage the data to help local agencies – notably highway districts and the city – to make better bike infrastructure decisions in communities that do not have them. Despite having more than 14 years of counts, the data, however, wasn’t making as much of an impact as they would have liked. TVCA lacked the skill and volunteer resource capacity to sort, analyze and communicate the data. That’s where the Bikes Count grant came in…

After an initial handover session, our dedicated data services team dug into 14 years of TVCA manual count data and began the cleaning and analysis process. TVCA was particularly interested in capturing trends over time, understanding the spatial distribution of cyclists across the city, and having some tools to communicate the growth of cycling.

Manual Counts, Automated Counts and Data Extrapolation

With so many count locations around the city, TVCA are unable to count at the same location every year, providing significant challenges for year-on-year data comparisons. To compensate for these gaps, our data services team applied data extrapolation: the process of calculating seasonal bike and pedestrian volumes from short-term count studies using cluster analysis. Manual count data was correlated with nearby data from automated bike count stations to build our data extrapolation model and inform annual average daily traffic (AADT) estimations.



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Reconciliation Moves Forward, But Transportation Wins Could Be In Jeopardy

09/21/2021 0:02
Advocacy
Federal News

We always knew that September would be a busy month for Congress, but now it looks like the work on the bipartisan infrastructure bill and the Democrat-only human infrastructure/reconciliation bill may spill into the Fall. 

Infrastructure bill (Infrastructure Investment and Jobs Act) 

The Infrastructure bill — which includes major wins for bicycling and walking infrastructure, vulnerable road user safety, and complete streets — has passed the Senate and is now awaiting a vote in the House of Representatives. We had expected that vote to come next week, but now think it may be delayed. 

House Speaker Nancy Pelosi believes she has the votes to pass this bill, but wants to hold it until the larger human infrastructure/reconciliation bill is ready for a vote. Moderate Democrats in the House want the Infrastructure Investment and Jobs Act (IIJA), while progressives want a robust reconciliation bill. Speaker Pelosi wants the passage of one to hinge on the passage of the other so that both sides of her party win something and help each other. 

Reconciliation/ Human Infrastructure bill.

Despite promises against double-dipping, the reconciliation bill includes transportation funding focused on climate, equity and improving networks. These programs would be great for bicycling and walking. 

The tax incentives part of the bill also included several provisions the League advocated for including the bicycle commuter benefit, a tax incentive for e-bike purchases, tax incentives for businesses to put in e-bike charging stations, and a provision to help with financing rail-trail right of way. 

Trouble ahead?

Right now, there is debate on the size and scope of the reconciliation bill. If it moves forward with a larger price tag, that likely means the good-for-bicycling provisions will stay in. However, a smaller price tag — which is more likely — means infrastructure changes may be on the chopping block. 

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Want to hear more about the specifics on the bicycling-related provisions in the reconciliation bill, and what the League is doing to promote them? Join me for a federal policy update on Friday at 3pm ET via Zoom. 


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GVF and the My School In Motion Program

09/17/2021 0:02
Bicycle Friendly America
Bicycle Friendly Business

In August, Valley Forge Middle School was one of 37 businesses recognized in our latest round of Bicycle Friendly Business awards. One of the deciding factors in receiving their award was their participation in the My School In Motion program, which is developed and administered through Bicycle Friendly Business GVF. Read more from GVF about how their MSIM program is elevating bike encouragement at Valley Forge below.


Did you know?

• The proportion of students in grades K-8 who walk or bike to school fell from 47.7% in 1969 to 12.7% in 2009.  

Learn More: The CDC’s Active People, Healthy Nation Is Trying To Solve This 

• Less than 3 in 10 middle and high school students get the recommended 60 minutes of physical activity every day. 

• The CDC reports that there is evidence that increased physical activity during the school day impacts cognitive skills and attitudes—important components of academic performance.  

• It is estimated vehicle traffic generated by school drop-offs accounts for 10%-20% of congestion volume in a given locale, which produces more pollution and ultimately negatively affects children’s health 

*From the Community Preventative Services Task Force, October 2018  

In 2018, Silver-level Bicycle Friendly Business GVF was awarded a PennDOT Transportation Alternatives Set Aside Grant to create the My School in Motion program to combat the above statistics and to educate the next generation on alternatives to driving alone. With over 30+ years of experience, GVF is a not-for-profit organization whose mission is to inspire mobility choices for all by promoting alternatives like biking, walking, public transit, carpooling, and vanpooling. 

GVF partnered with Tredyffrin Easttown School District to bring the My School in Motion program to its first school, recently awarded Bronze-level Bicycle Friendly Business Valley Forge Middle School. The program educates and promotes the benefits of active transportation, addresses traffic congestion, and identifies barriers that prevent biking and walking safely within the community. 

Through the program, GVF helps to form partnerships between school districts, townships, and counties to prioritize needed infrastructure improvements. Schools, like Valley Forge Middle School, are excited about the opportunities participating in this program will bring. “We are looking forward to further educating our students on the benefits of safe walking and biking, and providing opportunities for students to make meaningful differences in their community through civic engagement,” said Dr. Jacquelyn Hickey Rothera, Assistant Principal of Valley Forge Middle School.

My School In Motion has also helped to provide a space for many students who were already looking to advocate for safer active transportation modes. “There is no space for biking and walking. This was going around in my mind from two years ago when I moved into Lexton Woods and found it’s not safe for biking and walking as there is heavy traffic,” said a Valley Forge Middle School student. “I talked to my mom and was thinking of writing a letter to the township, but I’m glad that I’m in the right club now where I can raise my points and solve the issue.” 

Components of the My School In Motion Program Include

• Parental/Guardian survey to gauge their current travel to/from school and their willingness to allow their child to walk/bike to school

• National recognition for the school through the League of American Bicyclists’ Bicycle Friendly America Program 

• On-site school events to kick off the program, as well as recognizing certain days like National Bike/Walk to School day 

• Formation of My School in Motion Club, with club member participation in walking and biking audits 

• Education and Marketing/Communications

Walk or Bike to School Day

In the Fall of 2019, GVF organized a My School in Motion kick-off event at Valley Forge Middle School in conjunction with International Bike or Walk to School Day. The event was a huge success, with over 350 students participating in biking or walking to school — close to double the number who normally walk or bike to school. 

The event was held in the morning before classes started and included relevant speakers and trivia questions for students about walking and biking to school. The first 100 students who arrived at school by either walking or biking received a gift bag with My School in Motion promotional items such as water bottles and reflectors. A poster challenge was also organized where students were encouraged to create posters highlighting biking and walking safety. Students were also encouraged to test their route to school by walking or biking one day during the month. 

In Spring 2020, as the school moved to virtual learning and in-person events were canceled due to COVID-19, GVF created an educational video that was shared with students to recognize International Bike or Walk to School Day. The video included information on campus bike and walk facilities, what a bike and walk pool is, safety tips, and how to join the My School in Motion Club. 

My School in Motion Club

The program was also extended into a school club which provided an opportunity to get students involved in physical activity, educate them on transportation options, and help them develop the confidence to vocalize their experiences about their community’s connectivity.

One component of the My School in Motion Club is helping their school apply for the League of American Bicyclists’ Bicycle Friendly Business award. The goal is to allow the club to be responsible for completing and maintaining the designation on behalf of the school. This will make them aware of the school’s facilities and help them identify areas in which the school can improve biking and walking. 


GVF looks forward to bringing the My School in Motion program to other school districts to increase biking and walking among students. To learn more about the My School in Motion program visit www.schoolinmotion.com.

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Our Reconciliation checklist

09/14/2021 0:02
Advocacy
Federal News

Follow along with the League as we learn more about which of our asks were included in the forthcoming reconciliation bill by the various committees in the House and Senate. (We’ll be updating this blog and checklist as we learn more about what is in the bills.) 

Programs
League Ask
House Bill
Senate Bill
Final Bill
Tax Incentives Bicycle Commuter Benefit
E-Bike Rebate
Tax incentive for installing micromobility charging stations
Transportation Building out networks
Reducing barriers to biking and walking in low income communities (Reconnecting Communities)
Reducing urban heat island effect
Improve safety for vulnerable road users

Around 10pm on Friday, September 10, the House Transportation & Infrastructure Committee released a draft of their section of the reconciliation bill… and it looks great for bicycling and walking! 

Read our explainer on the reconciliation process

The Committee had to limit their spending to areas not covered by the bipartisan infrastructure bill passed last month by the Senate. They also had $57 billion to spend, much less than a traditional transportation bill however they also could be a bit more creative. All of their programs focused on reducing climate change and improving equity and access. 

Here’s what is in it that benefits bicycling and walking:

$4 Billion to Community Climate Incentive grants

This program funds the US Department of Transportation to create a Greenhouse gas performance measure, including an incentive for states that make and meet aggressive goals, and consequences for states that don’t reduce GHG emissions. The program also includes $950 million for states and $3 billion for local governments for projects and plans that reduce emissions.

$4 Billion for Neighborhood access and equity grants 

This program is similar to, but more inclusive than the Reconnecting Communities program in the bipartisan bill. It requires 40 percent be spent in low income communities, and funds projects that:

  • Remove and mitigate barriers, like highways, that divide communities
  • Reconnect communities by improving walking and bicycling access and vulnerable road user safety.
  • Address environmental justice issues like air and noise pollution, urban heat island effect, and flooding that results from highways built through low income communities and communities of color
  • Build technical capacity within low income communities
$100 million for the Traffic safety clearinghouse 

This clearinghouse would fund and disseminate research and best practices on how best to ensure equitable enforcement and reduce racial profiling while improving safety. 

$8 million for Automated Vehicle and mobility innovation

Creates a clearinghouse to fund and disseminate research and best practices on secondary and societal effects of automated vehicles including safety, equity, land use, local government budgets etc. 

$6 Billion for Local Transportation priorities

It is unclear what this is for, but we’re hoping it will promote local control which often benefits bicycling and walking.  

$10 billion for Affordable House Access Program (Transit and Housing)

The goal of this program is to improve access for low income communities to get to everyday destinations. This is basically a transit program but also includes improving access for people with disabilities. 

Will This Bill Change Through the Process

This list represents about half of the programs in the Committee’s bill, and those most related to bicycling and walking. The other programs are for rail and maritime transportation, improvements for natural disasters, research on alternative fuels for airplanes, etc. 

The good news is that the House and Senate Committees are working together on this. However, the bill will have to pass the muster of the Parliamentarian process for reconciliation. That process should take place the week of September 20th, so join us for a federal policy webinar on September 24th at 3pm ET. Register here »

Want to get more involved? 

Contact your representatives in Congress and tell them you support our priorities in the final reconciliation bill:

  • Tax incentives that will promote sustainable transportation like the Bicycle Commuter Benefit and a tax rebate on e-bikes, which are crucial to ensuring sustainable transportation is accessible across incomes and regions.
  • Reconnecting Communities, a program that aims to reconnect and revitalize communities of color and low-income communities that were harmed in the construction of the Interstate Highway System. The program will offer new mobility options to non-drivers and expand economic opportunity in and near their hometowns.
  • Well-funded sustainable transportation infrastructure networks. By building bicycle and pedestrian networks with convenient connections to transit, many Americans will enjoy newly available mobility options.


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The 9/11 National Memorial Trail Alliance

09/11/2021 0:03
Advocacy

The following post, authored by Leanne Janowski, Communications Coordinator of the 9/11 National Memorial Trail, speaks to the 9/11 National Memorial Trail resolution on the heels of the 20th anniversary of the tragic event.


For those who may not know, The September 11th National Memorial Trail is a 1,300-mile system of trails and roadways that links the National September 11 Memorial and Museum in New York, the National 9/11 Pentagon Memorial in Arlington, Virginia, and the Flight 93 National Memorial in Shanksville, Pennsylvania. The route serves as a symbol of national resiliency and character and as a tribute to the fallen heroes who perished on September 11, 2001, as well as the responders and volunteers who put their lives on the line for our country.

It’s hard to fathom that 20 years have passed since September 11, 2001… the day our country experienced the horrendous attack that destroyed the lives of nearly 3,000 men, women, and children, and traumatized an entire nation.

In the following days, weeks, and months, America’s resiliency was put to the test. Once the dust settled and the reality of it all hit hard, one exemplary American knew what he had to do. David Brickley, the September 11th National Memorial Trail Alliance founder and president emeritus, quickly got to work and proposed a path of dedication to honor all of the heroes.

On September 16, 2001, less than a week after the attack on our nation, David began working diligently with the Mid-Atlantic Governors’ Conference on Greenways, Blueways, and Green Infrastructure. The response was overwhelmingly positive, and at the conclusion of the conference, the concept of the 9/11 National Memorial Trail was born. The ultimate goal was to forge a trail of honor and establish a physical place of dedication, reflection, and remembrance.

As we reflect on this monumental anniversary, the September 11th National Memorial Trail Alliance encourages all of us to continue honoring the promise we made 20 years ago… to never forget.

Additionally, as we approach the 20-year anniversary of 9/11, the September 11th National Memorial Trail Alliance has been working feverishly to secure federal designation of the 9/11 National Memorial Trail. This legislation paves the way for the Secretary of Interior to authorize the designation of the 9/11 National Memorial Trail as a national touring route that links the three 9/11 national memorials together… Shanksville, PA, New York City, NY, and Arlington, VA.

The September 11th National Memorial Trail Alliance is thrilled to share that on Thursday, July 29, 2021, the U.S. House of Representatives voted unanimously (423–0) to support and pass legislation H.R. 2278. The passing of our legislation by the House of Representatives is a monumental step toward our ultimate goal of the bill being signed into law by President Biden. 

To learn more about how you can support the federal designation initiative, please visit www.911trail.org/support-the-designation


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What Is Reconciliation, How It Works, and How Can It Promote Biking and Walking

09/10/2021 0:02
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Federal News
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In early August, the Senate passed the first part of its series of infrastructure investments, a Bipartisan Infrastructure Bill focused on physical infrastructure including a five year transportation reauthorization bill. Now, the Democratic majority is seeking to pass a second, human infrastructure bill via reconciliation. The second bill is focused on human infrastructure like child care and free community college, reducing climate emissions and building resiliency into our infrastructure. While the physical infrastructure bill, the Infrastructure Investment and Jobs Act (IIJA) (previously the BIB) was bipartisan, the human infrastructure bill will not be. 

During the debate on the Bipartisan IIJA, President Biden suggested there shouldn’t be any ‘double dipping’, meaning there shouldn’t be any physical infrastructure in the second bill. While the Democrats in Congress do want to ensure funding for other items in the second bill, they are not following that rule completely. The League sees opportunities in the reconciliation bill to address social equity and climate change through tax incentives for bike commuting and e-bikes, as well as potential funding programs to address environmental justice, including through improved bicycling and walking.

What is reconciliation

The reconciliation process is a quirk in Senate procedure that allows certain budgetary legislation to bypass the filibuster, and therefore pass with 50 votes. Because it is clear that Republicans will not support further infrastructure investment, Democrats must use reconciliation to pass the bill on a party line vote with Vice President Harris breaking the tie. While budget reconciliation is a useful tool to circumvent the filibuster and its 60-vote cloture requirement, it does have its limits. The Byrd Rule, named for the long-time West Virginia senator, requires that every provision in a reconciliation bill is related to the budget, and therefore doesn’t allow pure policy changes (Think complete streets policies).

The reconciliation process takes place in 4 steps:

  1. The Budget Committee, chaired by Bernie Sanders (I-VT), sets a top line spending number and divides the money among Senate committees with instructions on what types of programs they should spend it on. (The same process happens in the House). The human infrastructure reconciliation bill has a top line funding number of $3.5 trillion.
  2. Each Committee then debates and votes on how that money should be spent. The House Committees will be going through this process the week of September 13th. The Senate will likely follow the next week.
  3. After the committees finish their work, all the committee bills are combined into one reconciliation bill and voted on by the whole chamber.
  4. The House and Senate must negotiate their two bills until one bill with the exact same language passes both the House and the Senate.

In order to meet a deadline of late September, the House and Senate staff are pre-conferencing now to negotiate the content of the bill now so the bills that pass the House and Senate are similar, making it easier to negotiate and agree on the contents of the final bill. 

What the League is Advocating for

  • Tax incentives that will promote sustainable transportation like the Bicycle Commuter Benefit and a tax rebate on e-bikes, which are crucial to ensuring sustainable transportation is accessible across incomes and regions.
  • Reconnecting Communities, a program that aims to reconnect and revitalize communities of color and low-income communities that were harmed in the construction of the Interstate Highway System. The program will offer new mobility options to non-drivers and expand economic opportunity in and near their hometowns.
  • Well-funded sustainable transportation infrastructure networks. By building bicycle and pedestrian networks with convenient connections to transit, many Americans will enjoy newly available mobility options.


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The Story Behind a BFA: Friends of the Concord-Lake Sunapee Rail Trail

09/10/2021 0:02
Bicycle Friendly America
Bicycle Friendly Business

Since the Bicycle Friendly America program began, we’ve seen so many amazing applications come our way from communities, businesses, and universities across the country. You can find every award on our Bicycle Friendly America map, but what’s a little harder to capture is the story behind every award — so we set up a way for the advocates behind the awards to tell us more about the people on the ground building a Bicycle Friendly America for everyone.

Want to shine a spotlight on a Bicycle Friendly Award recipient? Tell us more here 

Our next installment is Friends of the Concord-Lake Sunapee Rail Trail of Warner, New Hampshire. Coming in as a new applicant, Friends of the Concord-Lake Sunapee Rail Trail impressively earned a Silver-level Bicycle Friendly Business award in our Fall 2019 round. Read more and be inspired by this BFB using miles of trails to connect those who bike, walk and roll in their community.


Q. Is there an individual who is helping you build a more Bicycle Friendly America? 

A. The board of the Friends of the Concord-Lake Sunapee Rail Trail

Q. What moment sparked the idea to apply for the Bicycle Friendly America program?

A. Rail Trails are inherently bicycle-friendly, but we didn’t see many listed as BFBs.  We wanted to both stand out as an organization and inspire more rail trail groups to support the Bicycle Friendly America program.

Q. What was your biggest barrier in applying to the Bicycle Friendly America program and how did you overcome it?

A. We overcame having no physical office space, which is expected to apply, by pointing out the miles of trail we have constructed, the bicycle Fixit stations we’ve installed, and the educational assistance we’ve provided to bike rodeos, indoor bicycle instruction, and overall advocacy for active transportation.

Q. What is the most obvious way bicycling impacts people at your Bicycle Friendly Business?

A. Rail trails serve as a safe place to build confidence riding a bike. People appreciate a relaxed place to practice starting and stopping, shifting gears, ringing a bell, etc. With sufficient confidence, these riders will take to the streets to visit businesses and other destinations. We created a portable covered bike parking structure to spark conversations about where people might bike if there was welcoming infrastructure waiting for them in town.

Q. What one piece of advice would you give others thinking about applying to the BFA program?

A. Apply! For a great many businesses, encouraging employees and customers to bike to your location can make good sense for multiple reasons. Maybe there’s a side road or trail nearby that makes your business easy to access than you first imagined. Maybe it helps you recruit new employees in a tight employment market. Perhaps e-bikes are making your business easier to reach.

Q. Is there anything else you’d like to share?

A. We hope the League continues to promote the Bicycle Friendly America program.


You can find out more about the BFA program at www.bikeleague.org/bfa. We are proud to be working with communities, businesses, universities, and local advocates across the country to create safe and inclusive places for everyone to bike. If you would like to see your story on our blog or on our social media, share your journey to being Bicycle Friendly with us now.

To see your business earn the League’s Bicycle Friendly Business designation, apply today at http://apply.bikeleague.org or learn more at bikeleague.org/business. The next deadline to apply to the BFB program is October 5, 2021. 


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Action Alert: Better Biking Through Reconciliation

09/8/2021 0:03
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Federal News
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Tell Congress to include provisions that promote environmental justice and safe bicycling in the reconciliation bill.

As Congress continues to formulate its reconciliation bill, which will include massive investments in infrastructure, the League of American Bicyclists is advocating for the inclusion of provisions that promote environmental justice and encourage bicycling. The reconciliation bill is a real opportunity to center climate equity and ensure bicycling is a safe, easy, and accessible option for all Americans, regardless of zip code. 

Tell your Members of Congress the reconciliation bill must incorporate key provisions that will promote environmental justice, including:

  • Tax incentives that will promote sustainable transportation like the Bicycle Commuter Benefit and a tax rebate on e-bikes are crucial to ensuring sustainable transportation is accessible across incomes and regions.
  • Reconnecting Communities, a program that aims to reconnect and revitalize communities of color and low income communities that were harmed in the construction of the Interstate Highway System. The program will offer new mobility options to non-drivers and expand economic opportunity in and near their hometowns.
  • Well-funded sustainable transportation infrastructure networks. By building bicycle and pedestrian networks with convenient connections to transit, many Americans will enjoy newly available mobility options.

We need your Members of Congress in the House and Senate to support a reconciliation bill that reduces environmental inequity by promoting and expanding access to bicycling. Please urge your lawmakers  to advocate for environmental justice by including key climate related provisions in the reconciliation bill.


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LCI Spotlight: Michelle Cook

09/8/2021 0:03
Education
Smart Cycling

The League certifies hundreds of League Cycling Instructors every year and there are thousands of LCIs around the country leading bike education efforts in their communities. In our LCI spotlight series, we are sharing the stories of League Cycling Instructors doing what they do every day: educating, mentoring, empowering. You don’t have to be an extraordinary athlete or overachieving student to be a stellar LCI, all you need is the conviction that life is better for everyone when more people ride bikes. 


A League Cycling Instructor who’s a model for her community AND a bike model for Boston Blue Bikes — we love to see it! Meet Michelle Cook, our LCI in the spotlight this month. Find our earlier LCI Spotlights in our blog archives. 

“What inspires me the most about Michelle is she truly cares. Her main focus is to educate those who are not familiar with biking and want to learn,” said Shavel’le Olivier, who nominated Michelle for the LCI Spotlight. “Her rides are just the right amount of time and distance. As I learn more about the biking world, Michelle has been there. She has provided her expertise with a major youth-led cycling event called Mattapan on Wheels, she was a guest participant when my youth were creating their first bike repair workshops and give feedback to support them, we collaborated together on a successful series of talks called talks Transportation Talks. All of these things she supported me with, were for free and that truly means a lot. It means she cares deeply about making sure black and brown individuals of all shapes and sizes are able to benefit from bike education. As a woman of colour, there are not many people I could turn to in this space that is similar to me and I truly appreciate Michelle for being that person.”

Learn how to become an LCI in the Smart Cycling section of our website.

As an educator in Dorchester, Massachusetts, Michelle has touched the lives of many Bostonians learning to embrace the bicycle. Between leading group rides like a Roxbury historical tour and leading a bike camping program with third graders, Michelle loves spending her free time ensuring everyone has a space in the bicycling community. Read Michelle’s thoughts on being an LCI below. 

TELL US A LITTLE ABOUT YOURSELF AND WHY YOU ENJOY TEACHING OTHERS TO BIKE.

I am known in the community as The Bikenista. I have been biking as an adult for at least 10 years and rode as a young person. My biking style is a bit different as I teach not only biking but that you can bike “as you are”. This means no matter what size you are, you can bike. You do not need to wear anything fancy to bike. In fact, I promote being fashionable while biking! I love teaching others about bike education particularly to young people and women. I love to see the joy in their faces when they learn to ride, when they get to see their communities from outside of a car or a bus. I get joy in empowering the folks I teach to ride to go out and use biking as another option of traveling and to ENJOY it!

WHAT HAS BEEN YOUR GREATEST REWARD IN TEACHING BIKE EDUCATION?

My greatest reward is when I see someone who told me they couldn’t ride a bike for various reasons, now biking. That makes my heart full.

WHAT IS YOUR BEST PIECE OF ADVICE FOR AN LCI WHO WANTS TO TEACH A CLASS BUT ISN’T SURE HOW TO GET STARTED?

Talk to other LCI’s. Volunteer to assist other LCI’s during their events. Get involved in your biking community. Most importantly, DON’T GIVE UP!

WHAT IS SOMETHING YOU THINK THAT ALL LCIS SHOULD KNOW ABOUT TEACHING BIKE EDUCATION? 

Bike education is not one cookie-cutter curriculum. You must have the capability to adapt and learn from your students. You have to be able to be creative and willing to go that extra mile.

WHAT IS YOUR FAVORITE THING ABOUT BEING ON A BIKE? 

My favorite thing about being on a bike is the freedom that I feel. Even on my worst days, when I get on my bike, it changes everything.

WHAT IS YOUR FAVORITE MEMORY FROM BEING ON A BIKE?

I have 2 memories. As a child, I wanted to learn to bike, so my sister decided to teach me by letting go of the bike. I went flying into bushes, but I got up and kept going! My second memory is as an adult when I’m biking and someone yells, I see you Bikenista! That is the best feeling!

Know an LCI who should be featured next? Nominate a stellar bike educator here! 


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The League Launches Campaign to Reach 1 Million Miles of Bike Trips

09/1/2021 0:02
National Bike Challenge

August 31, 2021, Washington, DC — Bikes can be used for any type of transportation – from commuting to work or school, running errands around town, and even getting groceries. Beginning on September 1, the League of American Bicyclists is challenging Americans to begin taking more transportation trips by bike rather than hopping in a car for its “Drive Less, Bike More” campaign. Using the Love to Ride platform to track participants’ rides, the League is encouraging Americans to rack up 1 million miles in bike trips that would have been car trips by the end of 2021 as part of “Drive Less, Bike More”. 

“You don’t have to turn your life upside-down and sell your car to make an impact,” said Bill Nesper, executive director of the League of American Bicyclists. “Just converting one or two short car trips per week to bike trips is good for your health, your family’s health, the environment, and even putting cash usually spent on gas money back into your pocket. Start with one trip a week, track it through the Love to Ride app, and see the benefits add up.”

In the United States, nearly 50 percent of trips taken by car are less than three miles long and 35 percent are less than two miles long. These are short trips that if taken by bike instead of by car could be both convenient and contribute to big changes for the planet and the participant. 

The launch of the “Drive Less, Bike More” campaign coincides with Cycle September, the final month in the National Bike Challenge hosted by the League and Love to Ride. Already, participants in the National Bike Challenge, which began in May, have ridden more than 200,000 miles by bike for transportation. Seeing the amount of biking for transportation people have already pedaled, the League and Love to Ride felt it only natural to up the ante and encourage people to contribute to a shared goal of reaching 1 million miles.

“At Love to Ride, we’ve been encouraging more people to ride bikes for years through our platform, partners, and campaigns like the National Bike Challenge,” said Thomas Stokell, CEO of Love to Ride. “We’re stoked to be working with the League to track our riders’ progress to 1 million miles of bike trips for transportation and promote the ‘Drive Less, Bike More’ initiative.”

To participate, riders sign up through the League’s partner Love to Ride at www.lovetoride.net/usa, complete a survey on their current transportation habits, and begin logging bike rides. All rides under 3 miles and other bike rides marked as “transportation” rides will count towards the 1 million miles goal of “Drive Less, Bike More.” Love to Ride offers integrations through various applications such as Strava so that riders can either track and upload their bike rides as they normally would, or they can manually add trips and miles directly through Love to Ride. 

There are many different short trips usually taken by a car that riders can turn into bike trips such as biking to the store, biking to a friend’s house, biking to get coffee, or biking to the gym. By rethinking bicycling from being a purely recreational experience to one with functionality, “Drive Less, Bike More” participants can embrace a more active lifestyle, reduce their carbon footprint, and save money on gas. 

For many, choosing to travel by bicycle is a possible, and often a smart, choice of transportation. Most trips people take are shorter than three miles but unfortunately, safe and accessible bicycling isn’t the reality for all Americans. 

“This campaign puts into action our belief that life is better for everyone when more people are on bikes,” said Nesper. “And I promise you, doing your next short trip by bike is not impossible!” 

Participants can track our collective progress towards the 1 million mile goal through the Mode-Shift-o-Meter on Love to Ride’s U.S. homepage. They are also encouraged to ask family and friends to join them and inspire others by posting pictures of their own short trips on social media using the #DriveLessBikeMore and #BikePossible hashtag or @drivelessbikemore Facebook handle. 

As we roll into the bike-tastic time of year that is Cycle September, challenge yourself: before you grab your keys for that next trip to the coffee shop, think of how fun it would be to take your bike out for a spin instead. 

About the League of American Bicyclists

The League of American Bicyclists leads the national movement to create a Bicycle Friendly America for everyone. With a history dating to 1880, the League is committed to engaging diverse communities and building a powerful, unified voice for change around protecting and promoting bicyclists’ rights. Learn more at www.bikeleague.org.


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