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Monday, April 29, 2013

New Sheriff in Town

President Obama has nominated Charlotte Mayor Anthony Foxx for Secretary of Transportation replacing Ray LaHood who is great on cycling issues. It appears that Foxx is pretty good on alternative transportation, Charlotte does have  a bike share program,  but we’ll certainly find out more in the days ahead.

 After the fight over Map-21 the issues facing the transportation infrastructure in this country were kicked down the road (pun intended) rather than leading to any realistic plan. The issues with transportation funding are just as critical because the road use taxes, i.e. the gas tax, does not and will not fund future needs. Congressman Mica’s plan to cut transportation funding to the level of use tax revenues wasn’t accepted by anyone and it probably won’t have much traction in the future. The political climate in Washington isn’t good for any kind of long term planning and I’ll bet Map-21 will just be extended for years as was the previous transportation legislation. Advocates for walking and biking will continue to work for increased alternatives whatever the climate for change.

Tuesday, April 23, 2013

Lincoln Memorial University (LMU) First Bicycle Friendly University in Tennessee

April 23, 2013 - Harrogate, Tennessee — Lincoln Memorial University (LMU) became the first college or university in the State of Tennessee to be recognized as a Bicycle Friendly University (BFU) by the League of American Bicyclists. The organization made the announcement on Tuesday.

Read more here!  

Monday, April 1, 2013

Memorial Ride for Stacy Floyd

Stacy Floyd was killed last year in Coffee County while riding with his family. There was no prosecution in the case. A memorial ride is being held April 20 in Manchester. You can register here.

The story was posted last year to the Every Bicyclist Counts web site of the League of American Bicylists.

The Jeff Roth Cycling Foundation is helping to publicize the ride.