Category Archive: Bicycle Advocacy

How bicycles help an African village; World Bicycle Relief video

WBR

World Bicycle Relief has been going strong for the past 10 years to donate sturdy bicycles to people in developing countries.

The Chicago-based nonprofit recently posted a series of videos explaining how bicycles can make a difference, allowing people access to markets, healthcare and education.

Here’s a film about how a bicycle helped an …

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Permanent link to this article: http://www.bikingbis.com/2015/11/15/how-bicycles-help-an-african-village/

3 Washington cities to link disconnected bike lanes

A far too frequent sign

Maybe I’m just getting cranky in my old age, but a lot of things aggravate me when I’m bicycling. Near the top of the list are the abrupt dead-ends of perfectly good bike lanes at intersections where the road continues, sans bike lane, on the other side.

Call them “gaps” or “missing links”, but they’re …

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Permanent link to this article: http://www.bikingbis.com/2015/11/09/3-washington-cities-to-link-disconnected-bike-lanes/

Florida county bans bicycles on connector road

Sarasota area county bans bicycles from road (shown in red)

Here we go again.

Manatee County, FL, officials have banned bicycles from 1.9-mile-long Hidden Valley Trail. The two-lane road is a low-traffic, east-west connection that’s a popular link used by bicyclists.

A brief history of bicycle advocacy shows that bicycle bans don’t stick. Just ask officials in Black Hawk, CO (“Victory! Colorado Supreme Court …

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Permanent link to this article: http://www.bikingbis.com/2015/09/08/florida-county-bans-bicycles-on-connector-road/

Washington state bicycle advocates joining forces?

The Cascade Bicycle Club and Washington Bikes! may merge into a single entity by the end of the year.

It would create a one-stop, statewide shop for advocacy, bike rides, and education.

The Cascade Bicycle Club’s board of directors approved a letter of intent regarding the merger last week. The Washington Bikes! board is currently …

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Permanent link to this article: http://www.bikingbis.com/2015/08/24/washington-state-bicycle-advocates-joining-forces/

How to enforce 3-foot passing safety laws to protect bicyclists

Device measures distance to passing cars

Twenty-six states and the District of Columbia require that motorists give bicyclists at least 3 feet of space when they pass.

It’s the law.

But one of the big hurdles bike advocates face in pushing for passage of such legislation is enforcement. In state after state, police and legislators say that the 3-foot law is …

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Permanent link to this article: http://www.bikingbis.com/2015/07/05/how-to-enforce-3-foot-passing-safety-laws-to-protect-bicyclists/

New communities judged “bicycle-friendly”; 4 in Washington state

Olympic Discovery Trail passes Jamestown S'Klallam Tribe

Chances are a little greater that you live in a bicycle friendly community this week after the League of American Bicyclists announced that it has added 26 to its updated list.

That means there are about 350 towns and cities across the U.S. — at least one in every state — that have received the designation …

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Permanent link to this article: http://www.bikingbis.com/2015/06/14/new-communities-judged-bicycle-friendly/

Dozens of Bike to Work Day stations ready for morning commute

Find bike commute stations at http://www.cascade.org/commute-stations

Dozens of commute stations will open from 6 to 9 a.m. Friday in the Puget Sound region to support cyclists pedaling to work for Bike to Work Day.

This is where commuters will find free water bottles, snacks, maps, bike mechanics and more stuff to support and reward them for leaving their cars at home …

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Permanent link to this article: http://www.bikingbis.com/2015/05/14/dozens-of-bike-to-work-day-stations-ready-for-morning-commute/

New bicycle-friendly rankings for states – Washington still No. 1 in 2015

2015_state_ranking_chart

The state of Washington in 2015 once again earned the top “bicycle friendly” ranking among states, the League of American Bicyclists announced Monday.

This is the eighth year that the league has listed states for “bikeability” based on their scores in a number of categories leading to safe bicycling. As states rise and fall on …

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Permanent link to this article: http://www.bikingbis.com/2015/05/11/new-bicycle-friendly-rankings-for-states-washington-still-no-1-in-2015/

Cyclofemme: Women on bikes take to streets, roads and trails on Sunday – everywhere

See interactive map at cyclofemme.com

More than 270 women-oriented bike rides are registered as part of the worldwide CycloFemme celebration on Sunday.

The rides include everything from the slow-paced Critical Lass bike ride in Seattle to a sunset ride through the Arabian desert in Dubai.

The rides based in 20 countries and 228 cities (at last count) around the world are listed …

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Permanent link to this article: http://www.bikingbis.com/2015/05/07/cyclofemme-women-on-bikes-take-to-streets-roads-and-trails-on-sunday-everywhere/

Welcome to Bike Month; now get on your bike

WashingtonBikes.org's colorful Bike Month poster

May is National Bike Month. You know the drill.

The highlight of Bike Month is “Bike to Work Day,” celebrated in most locales on May 15. (Some places choose another day; SF Bay Area is May 14)

There’s also Bike to School Day (May 6),

Cyclofemme (May 10),

Bike to Work Week (May 11-15),

Ride …

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Permanent link to this article: http://www.bikingbis.com/2015/05/01/welcome-to-bike-month-now-get-on-your-bike/

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