BAC September 2005 News & Digest
Hello BICYCLE ACCESS COUNCIL members,
It's a beautiful day in Pennsylvania!
RARE BOOK DEPARTMENT...
PennDOT has decided NOT to continue to print the Pennsylvania Bicycle Driverís Manual (Pub 380, rev 4/03) or the PA Bicycle Directory (Pub 316). Both are available on the PennDOT website.
Links to PennDOT's website are on the BAC website. They are huge files and not easily downloaded, especially with a dial-up connection.
If you have any, hang on to them. They are a great teaching tool and reference for vehicular bicycling skills. Pennsylvania is one of very few states that have included the full text of _Street Smarts_ authored by John Allen and used by permission as the main text of the booklet.
Even more rare is a previous Pub 380 edition, rev 11/01. There's a "flaw" on the cover art. If you have one, can you find "what's wrong with this picture?" Check it out and send your answer to: ED@BicycleAccess-PA.org I'll let you know if you are correct.
HOW DO YOU SPELL SAFETEA-LU? ...
No, Iím not stuttering. This anagram, SAFETEA-LU is worth repeating again this month. The monumental transportation bill, "Safe, Accountable, Flexible, Efficient Transportation Equity Act--A Legacy for Users" is the federal legislation that includes Transportation Enhancements which is meant to fund projects that "enhance" multimodal options in the transportation network. It also includes a Safe Routes to School (SRTS) program that will make millions of dollars available to states to enable more children with walking and bicycling options to school.
SAFETEA-LU is the third reauthorization of a six year highway bill that was initially called ISTEA (1991), then TEA-21 (1997). SAFETEA was due to be passed in 2003, but the Congress and Administration struggled until August 2005 to reach a compromise that could be passed.
YOU CANíT LIVE WITHOUT ONE OF THESE...
The Bicycle Access Council has distributed many "low tech" Medical Emergency Data System(tm) helmet stickers. Your personal data is recorded on paper and attached inside your bicycle helmet. An outside helmet sticker alerts medical personnel to look for this information. In a crash situation, your helmet is usually taken along, but your bicycle with other ID may not be.
BAC members may request a M.E.D.S. sticker by sending a S.A.S.E plus $1 (cash, check, or stamps) for each to the Bicycle Access Council, P.O. Box 92, Dallastown, PA 17313.
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. Forms are available on the website. BAC does not share membership information.
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Joe Stafford, Executive Director
Bicycle Access Council
P.O. Box 92
Dallastown, PA 17313
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