Good news! Traffic School Safety Education bill (HB 1129) is on the Senate floor waiting for a vote. Local Authority Speed Limit, aka 20 mph bill (HB 1217), had a hearing in the Senate transportation committee last week. Slightly different versions of the Vulnerable Users Bill (SB 5326) have passed the House and Senate and must be reconciled. Check our Legislative Page for details on all bills.
Poster contest for fifth-graders: Bicycling is fun… and healthy!
The Bicycle Alliance is serving as the Washington State lead for a national poster contest for fifth graders. Students are invited to create a poster that reveals his or her understanding of the significant purpose bicycling can play in their community. Contest deadline is April 22. Check our website for details.
Pierce County has new advocacy coalition
The Coalition for Active Transportation in Tacoma/Pierce County (CAT) has been meeting monthly since December 2010. CAT supports the development and maintenance of bikeways and sidewalks throughout Pierce County to provide opportunities for safe, healthy, and environmentally sound recreation and transportation. CAT members include Pierce County, Tacoma, Tacoma/Pierce Health Department, Puyallup, University Place, Tacoma Wheelmen Bicycle Club, Cascade Bicycle Club, Bicycle Alliance of Washington, Foothills Rails-to-Trails Coalition, ForeverGreen, Cascade Land Conservancy, Healthy Communities of Tacoma/Pierce County, and local Volksmarchers, with more agencies and cities joining each month. For more information, contact Steven Garrett
Biking Investments Yield Health Care Savings
Portland, Oregon's investment in their bicycle network has resulted in an icrease in cycling. A paper by Thomas Gotschi published in the Journal of Physical Activity & Health shows that the city will recover its investment costs and yield a savings in health care costs.
Biking for Bike Advocacy:
Rides that support the Bicycle Alliance
Many Washington event rides make a contribution (usually a $1 per rider) to the Bicycle Alliance to support our legislative work in Olympia, our efforts to expand Safe Routes to School to more communities, and much more. We encourage you to sign up for more one or more of these bike rides. You’ll benefit in more way than one! You can find the Rides Calendar on our website.
Discover you inner blogger
The Bicycle Alliance welcomes guest submissions for our blog. Contact Louise McGrody to submit a post.