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, March 04, 2005

Interesting UK Report on Cost Effectiveness of Cutting Car Use

An interesting report from the United Kingdom's Department for Transportation on the cost effectiveness of decreasing car use has been published recently. The findings of the report prove the benefits of using alternative forms of transportation. Transportation Departments, regardless of their country of representation should read this report to learn how effective alternative transportation impacts communities.

Here's a quick blurb about the report:

New research commissioned by the UK's Department for Transport called "
Smarter Choices: Changing the Way We Travel" has found that 'soft transport measures' give a fantastic rate of return - a benefit of more than 10 pounds (1 GBP equals 1.4 EUR) for every 1 pound spent.
Soft measures aim at giving better information and opportunities to help drivers cut their car use while enhancing the appeal of alternatives.

These popular ideas include:

  • workplace and school travel plans;
  • personalised travel planning, travel awareness campaigns, and public transport information;
  • car clubs and car sharing schemes;
  • teleworking, teleconferencing and home shopping.

The public cost of reducing traffic by soft measures is estimated at 1.5 pence per car kilometre. The benefit of reduced traffic congestion is 15 pence per car kilometre removed, and more than 45 pence in congested urban conditions. Every 1 pound spent on well- designed soft measures brings at least 10 pounds of benefit in reduced congestion alone plus environmental improvements.

Estimations assume that no new vehicles use the road space created. Even if they do, a plan with a 1,000-4,500% return is good enough to be worth backing.
Yet the City of York plans to axe its travel awareness post, due to budget cuts.

Read the full report

Thursday, March 03, 2005

Dirt Rag Covers the Bicycle Commuter Act

Dirt Rag {Web Rag: News}: "With three weeks to go before the National Bike Summit (March 16-18) in Washington D.C., the bicycle agenda is thriving in Congress. The Bicycle Commuter Act has been reintroduced by Congressmen Earl Blumenauer (D-OR) and Mark Foley (R-FL)."

Wednesday, March 02, 2005

Summit Hotels Are Selling Out!

It's been brought to my attention that the two main hotels for the League's National Bike Summit are sold out. If you haven't booked a room yet for the three day conference there is still hope. Check out the League's FAQ for a list of other hotels that are nearby...

Clear Channel Radio Responds to Inappropriate DJ Behavior Against Cyclists

Clear Channel Radio has issued a very strong statement to the League in response to inappropriate and insensitive remarks about bicyclists made on radio station KSTE in Sacramento on February 24. The broadcast personalities involved have expressed their deep regret on the air and been disciplined by the company. KSTE has already begun airing PSAs to promote bicycle safety and will undertake a number of other measures to promote bicycle safety, as described in the letter [PDF] from Omar Thompson, VP of Marketing & Communications, Clear Channel Radio.

Automobile Daytime Running Lights: Friend or Foe of Cyclists?

A member wrote to us recently with the following:

"There is an issue I feel is being ignored by cyclists much to our peril. That is the use of Daytime Running Lights on automobiles. I can't think of anything that will reduce the visibility of cyclists on the road more than having lights shining everywhere. Not only do they reduce the ability to notice other objects they condition drivers to think that if they don't see lights there isn't anything there."

Check out www.lightsout.org for more information on the Internet-based organization's views.

What's your opinion on daytime running lights? Leave a comment!

Tuesday, March 01, 2005

Live Pain Free: Ride Your Bike!

Spinning his wheels is a good thing: "Woodard is excited about being pain-free and more in touch with his body. He credits bike riding for his good blood pressure and resting heart rate. 'It keeps unfolding for me, getting healthy."

Monday, February 28, 2005

Ride of Silence: Florida

Ride of Silence :: Florida: "On May 18, 2005 the Ride of Silence will roll across the country, starting at 7:00 PM. In more than 50 cities in the U.S. and Canada, cyclists will take to the roads in a silent procession to honor cyclists who have been killed or injured while cycling on public roadways. Although cyclists have a legal right to share the road with motorists, the motoring public often isn't aware of these rights, and sometimes not aware of the cyclists themselves. "

Bike Disposal Fee: Yay or Nay?

CA Assemblywoman Clarifies $7 Bike Surcharge, Welcomes Industry Comment: "Assemblywoman Betty Karnette recently introduced a bill into the California Assembly that would add a $7 disposal fee to every new bicycle sold in the state. Last evening she spoke with Bicycle Retailer and Industry News about the reasoning behind the bill, and also encouraged California retailers to contact her with questions."