League of American Bicyclists

The League promotes bicycling for fun, fitness and transportation and works through advocacy and education for a bicycle-friendly America.

Friday, February 11, 2005

You Know You're A Bicyclist When...

1. You think that working on your bike is almost as much fun as riding it

2. At some point you caught yourself wondering if your bike might look good if you added fenders

3. You discover that you have forgotten to remove your reflective ankle straps hours after you have arrived somewhere by bicycle

4. You would recognize that threaded washer from a Presta valve stem anywhere

5. You KNOW what a Presta valve is

6. You make decisions about car purchases based on which one more easily accepts a rooftop bicycle rack

7. You skip that last beer because there is a group ride the next morning

8. You own any kind of purple annodized bicycle accessory

9. Colorado Cyclist sent you a Christmas card last year

10. Your bicycle(s) are worth more than your automobile

11. You know what the difference is between Ultrasensor, Core-Tech, and Microfiber jersey materials

12. "Once you try bibs, baby, you'll never go back!"

13. You can tell your significant other with a straight face that its too hot to mow the lawn then take off and ride a century.

14. Your bike rack and attachments are worth more than your car.

15. You pull up hard on the steering wheel trying to jump your car over a pot-hole

16, The first thing you ask when you regain consciousness is "How's my bike?"

17. You actually move farther from work so your bike commute will be longer.

18. You take a perverse pride in your mid-thigh and mid-bicep tan lines, and even more in that funny little circle on the back of your hand

19. Your learn you have some money left over after paying bills and the first thing you do is reach for the nearest bicycling catalog

20. Most of the tools you own are made by Park or Blackburn

21. Someone in a car asks for directions and you give them a route that bypasses freeways and busy surface streets

Thursday, February 10, 2005

Cyclists peddle plan for city

Cyclists peddle plan for city: "Objectives include network of paths, safety measures"

Folks all over the nation are using their fair share of the streets for the two-wheeled commute.

Wednesday, February 09, 2005

Advocacy, Education, and a Ride or Two

I just finished posting a new section on bikeleague.org. Check out the new 125th anniversary section to learn what events will be going on throughout the year, how to go on a celebration ride, and purchase some sweet Official League gear.

125 Years Later, We're Having a Party

This year, the League is celebrating its 125th birthday! We are planning a series of events and creating several commemorative programs—including collectable items—to celebrate bicycling, the League, and our work to build a bicycle-friendly America.

The events will include gala dinners for League members and important guests from all areas of the bicycling community, with exciting (but still secret!) speakers from the world of cycling and other entertainment. In partnership with League-affiliated bicycle clubs, we will offer rides of various distances and other activities around the dinners.

A number of League-affiliated bicycle clubs are already planning their own events to celebrate the League’s 125th anniversary. The Narragansett Bay Wheelmen (a club serving Rhode Island, Eastern Connecticut and Southeastern Massachusetts) is holding its celebration the weekend of June 10-12. This event will include a series of rides, dinners, and local attractions and presentations.

The League is working with a major museum on creating a traveling exhibit of bicycling history, featuring the League and covering the impact of bicycling on a wide range of important social and economic developments over the last 125 years. The show could visit as many as ten major markets around the nation. We are also working with several collectors to create a “virtual” museum of the League’s history, including important members and events, such as Rallies and GEARS from the recent and distant past.

The fall issue of the League magazine, mailing October 7, will be a special commemorative edition, featuring stories and photos and artwork highlighting important people, places and events in the League’s long history.

National Bike MonthTM this May will provide a number of special opportunities to commemorate the League’s birthday. Events will be held in communities throughout the country and the League’s Bike Month Organizers’ Kit will feature a chapter offering different ideas for celebrating the 125th anniversary.

We are creating special, limited edition patches commemorating the League’s 125th anniversary that will be available to members who take part in any of the dozens of commemorative rides being organized around the nation by League-affiliated bicycle clubs. Members will also be able to order the commemorative patches directly from the League.

None of this can be done without your support. Help celebrate the League’s past and look forward to a brighter future by leading the way with a generous contribution of $125, $250 or $500 to the League’s 125th Gala Planning Committee. Your gift will help us pay for critical pre-celebration groundwork, such as planning gala dinners, a “virtual museum” of the history of the League and bicycling, commemorative patches, bicycle ride route planning, and more.

We welcome ideas for the celebration and we thank the many members of the League who have already made generous contributions to the League’s 125th Gala Planning Committee. If you have ideas for the celebration, please e-mail andy@bikeleague.org or call (202) 822-1333.

Tuesday, February 08, 2005

Photo of the Day
Credit: BikesBelong Coalition Posted by Hello

Monday, February 07, 2005

Opening Day

In an on-going effort to reach out to it's membership and the general public, the League of American Bicyclists has created a blog. Blog visitors will be able to read up on the latest "inside news" about the League and gain access to information that is not available on the League's full website, www.bikeleague.org

Content will be posted on a daily/weekly basis depending on the latest developments concerning the League and the events it hosts.

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