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6.2 League of American Bicyclists


This article is from the Bicycles FAQ, by Mike Iglesias with numerous contributions by others.

6.2 League of American Bicyclists

From: Brewster Thackeray <brewster@bikeleague.org>
Date: Thu, 8 Apr 99 09:53:34 -0500
Orig-From: Erin O'Brien <bikeleague@aol.com>

The League of American Bicyclists, (founded as the League of American
Wheelmen) has been working to improve the quality of bicycling in America
almost as long as there have been bicycles.

In the 1870s the forefathers of bicycling banded together to lobby the
government for more paved roads and to put a stop to antagonistic acts from
other road-users. United in 1880 as the League, their mission has carried
on throughout the history of bicycling.

Fashioned after "The Good Roads Movement" of the 1880's, our current agenda
is embodied by the L.A.W. Safe Roads Movement, a comprehensive program that
aims to reduce the number of injuries and deaths to cyclists. Highlights
of this 10-pointaction plan include educating bicyclists and other road
users about thei rights and responsibilities to safely share the road, and
promoting the improvement of road design and maintenance to better
accommodate bicycles.

The League's Effective Cycling program is making great strides to advance
this agenda. Taught by certified instructors, it is the only national
bicycling education program that combines the technical training needed to
safely negotiate any traffic situation, with the principles of safe,
responsible riding.

The League sponsors National Bike Month (May), which serves to promote the
various aspects of bicycling.

The League played an instrumental role in the passage of the Intermodal
Surface Transportation Equity Act of 1991 (ISTEA), federal legislation
allowing both for increased spending on bicycling improvements and for
bicyclists to participate in local transportation planning.

The League's national and regional rallies bring together members from all
over the U.S.A. and Canada for great riding and entertainment, daily
workshops include, advocacy, safety, club leadership, cycling techniques,
and more.

Six issues per year of Bicycle USA magazine keep members up to date on
League activities. Regular features include effective cycling tips,
News from the States and League Notes columns, cycle news, and an event
calendar. Special issues include an annual Almanac and Tourfinder.

League members can fly their bikes for free on numerous airlines when they
make their travel arrangements a League-affiliated travfel agent.

The League is a 501c-3 non-profit organization with membership of more than
35,000 bicyclists and 450 affiliated clubs and coalitions nationwide.
Individual membership costs $30/year or $45 for families.

To join the League of American Bicyclists send your membership contribution
to 1612 K Street, NW, Suite 401, Washington, DC 20006; phone 202/822-1333;
fax 202/822-1334; e-mail bikeleague@bikeleague.org; website www.bikeleague.org


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