League of American Bicyclists

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

Saturday, February 26, 2005

From the 1,000,001 Bike Inventions Bin...

Now charge your mobile while riding a bike: "If someone told you that you could charge your mobile phone while riding your bike you would have dubbed him crazy. But students from IIT-Delhi have made this possible"

Friday, February 25, 2005

Bicycle Commuter Act and Conserve By Bicycling Reintroduced in Congress

The bicycling agenda is alive and well in the halls of Congress with less than three weeks to go before the National Bike Summit® (March 16-18 in Washington, DC). In addition to transportation reauthorization, bicycling commuter and conserve by bike legislation are once again being considered in the 109th Congress.

Congressman Earl Blumenauer (D-OR) and Mark Foley (R-FL) have reintroduced the Bicycle Commuter Act (H.R. 807). It is anticipated that Senators Olympia Snowe (R-ME) and Ron Wyden (D-OR) will reintroduce the Senate companion measure prior to the Summit. The Bicycle Commuter Act would allow an employer to add bicycling to the definition of transportation fringe benefit in the tax code. The transportation fringe benefit was added as an incentive to get more people to use alternative modes of transportation for commuting. The goal is to reduce traffic congestion, pollution and wear and tear on the roads. Under H.R. 807, employers could offer monthly cash reimbursement of up to $100 to an employee who commutes to work by bicycle, providing a tax benefit to the employer and helping defray commuting expenses for the bicyclist.

In addition, Congressman James Oberstar (D-MN) has introduced H.R. 722, the Securing Transportation Energy Efficiency for Tomorrow Act of 2005. This bill also includes language very similar to H.R. 807, but with a $75 a month cap. Furthermore, H.R. 722 includes conserve by bicycling language, comparable to the language in last year’s energy bill. This language would provide $10 million to establish a pilot program with up to 10 geographically dispersed projects to use education and marketing and provide facilities to convert motor vehicle trips to bike trips as an energy savings measure. For more information, visit
http://www.bikeleague.org or http://thomas.loc.gov.

Keep Up the Good Work Louisville!

Group to promote city cycling: "Remember how to ride that bike?
Barry Zalph thinks you do, and he has established a new nonprofit group that hopes to make it easier for you to get around. Bicycling for Louisville Inc.'s mission is to lobby government for changes that will make cycling better and safer, and to establish programs aimed at improving cycling in the city."

Minneapolis Expanding Bike Trails

Minneapolis expanding bike trails: "As the construction season comes to a close, Minneapolis is working to complete several new bike paths around the city."

Riding Your Bike to Class Rules!

A safer route to school makes children more likely to walk and bike: "A safer route to school makes children more likely to walk and bike"