People For Bikes

Peopleforbikes.org is a great orginization that is on a mission to get 1 million names of support, to speak with one powerful voice, to let policy makers, the media and public know that bicycling is important and should be promoted.

So here is our hot tip, sign the pledge it takes less than two minutes and its going to benefit all of US bikers in the long run. We are very excited to be a small part of the big picture and hope that you will be too =)

click here to join today —-> peopleforbikes.org

TBL GETS SILVER AWARD

The Bike Lane has just received a silver level Bicycle Friendly Business award from the League of American Bicyclist! Wahoo!

That basically means we
* ROCK and welcome all bikers
* we encourage our employees and customers to ride there bikes more
* we are excited to educate you on any and all of your need or concerns
* we’re are involved in the community, bike advocacy, and events
* we are here to have fun go by bike, and help as many people as we can do the same.

WAY TO GO BIKE LANE!

TBL Goes to The National Bike Summit

Sorry that this post is a little outdated. With all that sunshine we were busy making our customers happy, and riding our bikes last week.

With over 750 Advocates (including 108 Trek retailers), city planners, mayors and civic leaders in attendance at the National Bike Summit in Washington DC last week, our voices were heard.

From the Secretary of Transportation, Ray LaHood

“”Today, I want to announce a sea change. People across America who value bicycling should have a voice when it comes to transportation planning. This is the end of favoring motorized transportation at the expense of non-motorized.
We are integrating the needs of bicyclists in federally-funded road projects. We are discouraging transportation investments that negatively affect cyclists and pedestrians. And we are encouraging investments that go beyond the minimum requirements and provide facilities for bicyclists and pedestrians of all ages and abilities.
To set this approach in motion, we have formulated key recommendations for state DOTs and communities:
Treat walking and bicycling as equals with other transportation modes.
Ensure convenient access for people of all ages and abilities.
Go beyond minimum design standards.
Collect data on walking and biking trips.
Set a mode share target for walking and bicycling.
Protect sidewalks and shared-use paths the same way roadways are protected (for example, snow removal)
Improve nonmotorized facilities during maintenance projects.
Now, this is a start, but it’s an important start. These initial steps forward will help us move forward even further.”

Great Song to Ride to

I’ve been on the trainer almost everyday for the past few weeks, and I discoverd this song and this particular artist La Roux which has made staying on the trainer a little more fun. We just need to be a little bit more patient before we can get outside again. Enjoy the song and your weekend!!

GIVE UP YOUR CAR FOR A YEAR CHALLENGE!

The Bike Lane is excited to announce our go by bike for a year challenge. The Bike Lane is giving one lucky rider a Trek+ ride Commuter bike and all the gear he or she will need to commute for a year.
Apply Here Today!!!   http://thebikelane.com/about/give-up-your-car-for-a-year-challenge-application-pg594.htm

For more information about the challenge click below:

http://thebikelane.com/about/take-the-challenge-pg593.htm

Advocacy Alert Fairfax to Eliminate Bike Funding

Copied from the Virginia Bicycle Federation
Fairfax County to Eliminate Bike Program — Write to the Board of Supervisors Now by admin on February 26, 2010

Take action now: write to the Fairfax Board of Supervisors.

In a flurry of budget-cutting and who-knows-what other politics, the Fairfax County Board of Supervisors wants to eliminate, permanently, the bike coordinator position, and all County bicycle programs. This is at odds with recent efforts to develop a bike master plan, to improve quality of life and transportation options, and make Fairfax a more desirable location for businesses.

30% of Fairfax residents do not drive motor vehicles. To simply stop development of other options is a big step backward indeed.

Politicians need to hear from their constituents. Kate Schwartz of the Potomac Pedalers Touring Club asks all cyclists in Fairfax County to write to their Board of Supervisors, and provides some language for doing so:

“Please act now to write to the FFX county board of supervisors and spread the word since bicycling programs are at risk of permanent elimination. This proposed budget cut will create a lasting loss of future cycling & pedestrian facilities, trails, equipment and resources.

I urge you to sustain Fairfax’s bicycling programs since the county’s future business viability depends upon these programs. Creating new and maintaining existing cycling and pedestrian facilities must remain permanent pillars of the county; they are essential to fostering more innovative transportation solutions in an area that’s desperate for transportation alternatives. The Board has always emphasized that Fairfax County must preserve its national reputation as an attractive location for businesses and their employees. Bicycling programs, such as trails and on-road bike accommodation directly improve businesses’, residents’ and visitors’ quality of life by reducing traffic congestion, pollution and obesity, boosting employee productivity, and increasing cardiovascular health & fitness. What other county programs and facilities can claim these wide-reaching benefits?

How can the Board of Supervisors reconcile Supervisor Cook’s position (“bicycles are not transportation devices”) with the Board’s December 7 meeting, where the board discussed the need for the county to explore new and innovative approaches to transportation?

Dedicated bicycle and environment facilities and staff partnered with private- and public-sector employers can formulate and execute new transportation solutions, as we witness today with Tysons Corner’s new multi-modal transportation solutions plus walking and bicycling facilities integrated into the replacement bridges during the Beltway HOT lane construction. Eliminating bicycling programs will only increase congestion, pollution and obesity, while slashing employee/employer productivity. Fairfax County’s future business viability depends upon having a dedicated & permanent bicycling program.“

Washington Area Bicyclist Association and Fairfax Advocates for Better Bicycling are on top of this story. Check with them for updates, and follow them on Twitter (@WABADC, @BikeFairfax).