Category Archive: Bicycle Advocacy

Bicyclists in Ohio and Virginia seek safety in 3-foot passing law

A billboard in Cincinnati where "3 feet" is the law.

Bicyclists in Ohio and Virginia are working to enact bills that would require motor vehicles to give bicyclists 3 feet of clearance when passing.

Currently, 22 states and the District of Columbia have laws on the books with the 3-foot or more requirement. California became the 22nd to enact the law last year; it goes …

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Huge growth for bike sharing in US last year

Snowbound Divvy bikes in Chicago (photo by pdbminer @ twitter)

Forty cities in the U.S. host some type of bicycle-sharing system at the beginning of 2014, after 13 cities joined the effort to use rental bikes to solve traffic congestion and pollution in 2013.

In spite of successful ridership for those systems throughout the year, several had to shut down briefly because of snow and/or …

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Death Valley National Park freezes bike race and charity bike ride permits

Event organizers who operate charity bike rides and bike races in the Death Valley National Park learned just before Christmas that no new permits for such sporting events will be issued at the park in 2014.

The park service is citing safety concerns and a need to study such sporting events before issuing permits for …

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The who and where of bicycle commuting in U.S.

Bike to Work Day, Seattle, 2009

If you regularly ride your bicycle to work, then the League of American Bicyclists report “Where We Ride: Analysis of Bicycling in American Cities” is all about you.

The report by the LAB staff digs into the results of the 2012 American Community Survey released by the U.S. Census Bureau in September.

You might remember …

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Bicyclist fatalities, injuries rose again in 2012

2012 federal traffic fatality report

Grim news for bicyclists (and all road users) from the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration: 726 bicyclists died in collisions with motor vehicles in 2012.

The bicyclist fatalities in traffic pose a 6.5% increase from the previous year. 2012 marked the third straight year that bicyclist fatalities have risen since a 10-year low of 623 …

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Bike friendly Davis, CA, lowers fines against bicyclists

Bicyclists who run stop signs in Davis — the first platinum level Bicycle Friendly Community — can expect police to issue more tickets soon.

The increased enforcement comes after the Davis City Council reduced fines for stop-sign violations from $202 to $50 for bicyclists.

Apparently police in the college town in California were “hesitant to issue citations for bicycle violations, fearing a significant level of animosity …

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New Bicycle Friendly Communities named; Anacortes, WA, is among them

Bike plan for Anacortes

Add 32 new cities to the League of American Bicyclists’ list of Bicycle Friendly Communities.

The advocacy group announced the new communities Tuesday morning, noting that suburban centers are gaining traction among the 291 Bicycle Friendly Communities in 48 states.


In Washington state, Anacortes made the list as a bronze-level bike friendly community. The …

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Georgia legislators abandon bike registration-license plate bill

That didn’t take long.

Three state legislators from northern Georgia say they will withdraw their bill — HB 689 — that would have required bicycle registration, license plates and new rules of the road for bicyclists.

The three — Republicans Carl Rogers, Lee Hawkins, and Emory Dunahoo — from the Gainesville area made their decision …

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Bicycle registration, license plates and single-file riding pushed in Georgia

Georgia House Bill 689

Update: Oct. 9, 2013 — Legislators abandon bike registration bill

Oct. 4, 2013 — The really bad idea of requiring bicycle registration and license plates has made it into a bill submitted to the Georgia legislature.

The bill by the three Georgia lawmakers doesn’t stop with registration, however. It puts new limits on how bicyclists …

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Bicycle Benefits: You deserve a reward for riding your bike

Business display

Need a little more encouragement to commute or run an errand on your bicycle?

What if you could get a 10% or 15% discount off breakfast at the local cafe or coffee shop, a free banana with your groceries or an energy bar with your purchase at a bike shop?

I stumbled across just such …

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