People Powered Movement Photo Contest

Photo Contest

The Alliance for Biking & Walking has brought back their popular People Powered Movement Photo Contest for 2011. The submission period officially opens on August 1st, so it’s time to dust off your archives and line up your best photos for this year’s contest. From the Alliance for Biking & Walking:

The People Powered Movement Photo Contest addresses a critical need for bicycle and pedestrian advocacy organizations: To make your efforts professional and appealing you need high-quality images of biking and walking. Our nationwide contest builds our online Photo Library, which provides hundreds of images for Alliance members to download and use at no cost.

For the 2011 contest, participants are invited to submit their photos in multiple categories and winners will be selected based on public voting and evaluation by a panel of expert judges.

This year the contest will open on August 1, public voting will begin in October and the winners will be announced in early 2012. We’re finalizing the categories and nailing down all the details, so check back soon for the official launch!

We have some great prizes lined up this year, including:

  • An all-expense-paid trip to Tuscany from VBT Bicycling and Walking Vacations
  • A new bicycle from PUBLIC Bikes
  • Bags from Ortlieb
  • Helmets from Bern
  • Great products from Planet Bike
  • PLUS, winning photos will be published in Momentum magazine

More at the People Powered Movement website

Bikes vs. Jet

Jet Blue

In a PR stunt intended to take advantage of the so-called “Carmageddon” 405 freeway closure this past weekend in Los Angeles, Jet Blue offered $4 flights across town from Burbank to Long Beach. And, in an exquisite example of one-upmanship, six bicyclists from the Wolfpack Hustle cycling club raced the jet across town and beat it. From the LA. Times:

The cyclists and a blogger aboard the JetBlue flight left at 10:50 a.m. from the same intersection in North Hollywood – with the blogger having to drive to the airport, arriving an hour before the 12:20 p.m. flight, then catching a ride to the aquarium in Long Beach, the finish line. The plane had just taken off when the cyclists arrived.

The Wolfpack Hustle also took advantage of the “race” to raise $7,000 for the Los Angeles County Bicycle Coalition. Great stuff.

Adventure Cycling Action Alert

Adventure Cycling

Adventure Cycling has issued an action alert in response to the House Transportation Committee’s reauthorization proposal that would eliminate dedicated funding for biking and walking.

More at Adventure Cycling

Copenhagen Bicycle Account 2010

Copenhagen Report

The City of Copenhagen has published their 2010 Bicycle Account.

View the report [1.2mb PDF] →

APBP Women’s Cycling Survey

APBP Screenshot

The Association of Pedestrian and Bicycle Professionals (APBP) conducted a survey in spring of 2010 as part of their Women Cycling Project. From the APBP:

The Association of Pedestrian and Bicycle Professionals (APBP) is a non-profit organization committed to increasing bicycling and walking as modes of transportation in the United States. In the spring of 2010, APBP conducted an online questionnaire via Survey Monkey to investigate the factors that would induce women to bicycle more for transportation. The survey was advertised through various bicycling sites online, and included 37 questions pertaining to demographics, cycling behavior, safety/infrastructure concerns, and open-ended inquiries. The survey received a very strong response, with over 13,000 participants. When the survey closed in May, APBP partnered with the Department of Health Education at the University of North Carolina-Greensboro Department to analyze the results.

View the Survey Results [PDF] →

GOOD Magazine Biking Guide


GOOD Magazine recently posted their “GOOD Guide to Biking for the Planet” online biking guide. The micro-site was created in partnership with CLIF Bar to coincide with the 2-Mile Challenge.


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The Low Hanging Fruit

Crossover Commuter

Surveys show that a large majority of bicycle trips in the U.S. are made solely for recreation and exercise, with only a small percentage made for commuting and other utilitarian purposes. These numbers support my experience. I know many dedicated cyclists who ride their bikes long distances for recreation and/or training but don’t use their bikes for commuting or even short errands.

I believe these existing sport cyclists represent our best opportunity to increase the number of transportational bicyclists on the road. They already understand the health benefits of bicycling, they’re well-invested in gear, and they’re well-acclimated to riding in traffic and sharing the road with cars. The only thing missing is the desire to use their bicycle for transportation.

A majority of existing recruitment efforts appear to be directed at non-bicyclists, with what appears to be only minimal efforts directed at existing sport cyclists. These already enthusiastic riders are the low hanging fruit of transpo bicycle advocacy. I believe advocates need to bridge the gap between sport and transport and figure out a way to persuade these existing cyclists to consider using their bicycles to replace at least some of their car trips. Solving this puzzle is likely to result in a high success rate and good return on investment in the effort to get more people using bicycles for transportation.

I’m curious to know how you came to riding your bicycle for transportation as an adult. Did you start out riding for recreation or fitness first, then later come to use your bicycle for transportation, or did you take up riding for transportation right from the start?

Why did you first start riding a bicycle as an adult?

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