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BAC May 2006 News & Digest

 

Hello BICYCLE ACCESS COUNCIL members.

 

It's a beautiful day in Pennsylvania!

 

BIKE MONTH IS HERE...

 

And Bike-to-Work Week is May 15-19.  Are you planning to ride?

With a little planning and preparation, you can demonstrate the benefit of bicycling for transportation and maybe save a lot on fuel costs for your daily commute.  See a related item below.

Don't forget to consider mass transit to complement your commute.  Buses with bike racks can be used for portions of your commute. For an example of how to use the racks and other transit options, check out York County's transit authority:  www.rabbittransit.org 

Even the Wall Street Journal gives bicycle commuting a review:

 

The Cycling Commute Gets Chic  (May 11, Pg D-1)

 

Note: Available online to subscribers only at www.services.wsj.com 

 

 

A BICYCLE COMMUTER ACT...

 

Is up for a full US Senate vote in the next few weeks! This adds the option for employers to include bicycle commuters in any transit incentive plans.  Previously, bicycle commuters were not specifically included to help save energy and reduce motor vehicle congestion.  Similar bills have been introduced in the US House of Representatives several times, but never passed.  This is a Tax Code technical correction for that omission, but is certainly timely with current fuel costs rising sharply.

 

Call, write or e-mail our Pennsylvania Senators to ask them to pass Senate Bill S.2635 which now goes to the Senate Finance committee for consideration.

 

Specter, Arlen- (R - PA) 

711 HART SENATE OFFICE BUILDING WASHINGTON DC 20510 

(202) 224-4254 

Web Form: www.specter.senate.gov/index.cfm?FuseAction=ContactInfo.Home   

 

Santorum, Rick- (R - PA)

511 DIRKSEN SENATE OFFICE BUILDING WASHINGTON DC 20510 

(202) 224-6324 

Web Form: www.santorum.senate.gov/contactform.cfm  

 

 

DEAD HEADS...

 

Could be what you call coin operated parking meters that are removed for the new central "Paystation" collection system.  But if the posts are removed too, a common and convenient means to park and secure a bicycle goes with it. 

 

According to the National Center for Bicycling and Walking, "The Seattle Department of Transportation (SDOT) Bicycle Program conducted a pilot program in 2005, installing 11 "Bicycle-Circle" racks on meter posts that otherwise would have been removed as the neighborhood transitioned to an electronic based Paystation Parking system. Working closely with Creative Metalworks, the Bicycle Program staff refined the design of the rack into a product suitable for installation on public sidewalks."

 

If your municipality is considering the removal of coin parking meters, let them know about this option or contact the Bicycle Access Council for help in presenting this idea.  Seattle has done it.

 

 

LEAGUE OF AMERICAN BICYCLISTS' ANNUAL RALLY...

 

The League is teaming up with _One Less Car_ for its annual rally this year, which will be held in conjunction with Cycle Across Maryland.

 

The event is held at the University of Maryland Eastern Shore (below Salisbury).  One Less Car is Maryland's statewide bicycling advocacy organization.

 

 

SAVE THE DATES...

 

May 19  Bike-to-Work Day

 

July 13-16  League of American Bicyclists Annual Meeting, Eastern Shore, MD.

Check the BAC website for special club rides and events.  Events may be posted at no charge for all non-profit clubs and organizations.  Is your bike club ride there?

 

 

BAC NEWS & DIGEST ARCHIVES...

 

To view past issues of the Bicycle Access Council's monthly News & Digest, go to the BAC website, click on the BAC News & Digest button.

 

 

MISSION STATEMENT...

 

The Bicycle Access Council is a non-profit advocacy organization that serves as a forum for Pennsylvania bicyclists and as an ombudsman for bicycling issues.

 

It is the objective of the Bicycle Access Council to make bicycling on roads throughout the Commonwealth safe, respectable and a transportation choice by educating its members and the motoring public.

 

All funding for the Bicycle Access Council comes from memberships and donations.  Annual membership is $20 per year.   BAC does not share membership information.

 

 

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Joe Stafford, Executive Director

Bicycle Access Council

P.O. Box 92

Dallastown, PA  17313

www.BicycleAccess-PA.org

(717) 417-1299

 

 

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