BAC July 2006 News & Digest
Hello BICYCLE ACCESS COUNCIL members.
It's a beautiful day in Pennsylvania!
HAPPY JULY 4th!
A DEAR JOE LETTER...
Dear Mr. Stafford:
Thank you for contacting me regarding tax incentives for bicycling. I appreciate hearing from you and having the benefit of your views.
As you may know, on April 24, 2006, Senator Ron Wyden of Oregon introduced S. 2635, the Bicycle Commuter Act. S. 2635 has been referred to the Senate Finance Committee. As a member of this committee, I have an obligation to carefully consider alterations to the U.S. Tax Code. Your comments on this topic will continue to be helpful to me in this role, and I certainly will keep your views in mind as the 109th Congress proceeds.
Thank you again for contacting me. If I can be of further assistance to you in this or any other matter, do not hesitate to call on me.
United States Senate
AND FROM THE OTHER SIDE OF THE CAPITOL...
Quote in the Congressional Record by Alaska Rep. Don Young during the debate for the latest Alaska National Wildlife Refuge Bill (HR 5429) which was passed by the House [5/25/06].
"Some would say we have to get off the fossil fuel habit. All right.
Let's everybody buy a bicycle. Let's all buy a bicycle, and break our leg, and let's go back to being China."
From the internet posted by: John Boyle, Advocacy Coordinator The Bicycle Coalition of Greater Philadelphia
SOMETHING TO LAF ABOUT...
In Pennsylvania. The LIVESTRONG Challenge is one of the LAF's signature fundraising events. For 2006, LIVESTRONG Challenge events are scheduled in five cities across the country, including Philadelphia, September 10. To register, visit: livestrongchallenge.org or call 1-888-424-2553.
Ed Note: BAC does not routinely include news about sanctioned racing or charity rides, but the LAF mission goes beyond the routine.
AS LONG AS WE'RE OFF-TOPIC, BUT NOT OFF KEY...
Check out the Ditty Bops, a female music group, bicycling across the USA with two planned stops in Pennsylvania. As they ride, The Ditty Bops are raising money for Adventure Cycling Association's efforts to inspire people to travel by bike. www.thedittybops.com
08/19/06 TENTATIVE Venue TBA Pittsburgh, PA
08/29/06 TENTATIVE Venue TBA Philadelphia, PA The Ditty Bops blog at thedittybopsbiketour.blogspot.com
"We decided to do the tour this way to promote not only our album, but also cycling and cleaner air," says [singer] DeWald, who left Los Angeles with [singer] Barrett on May 25. "If we can ride our bikes across the country and play music, we hope others will be inspired to ride their bikes more often."
Editor's note: I like the sound of that quote, even though my music collection stopped in the 1970's.
For the Central Pennsylvania Chapter MS 150 event on July 22 & 23, one or both days. Help is needed for Traffic Assistance and Environmental Crew (rest stop clean-up). To volunteer, contact Kerry Wevodau at (717) 652-2108 or 1-800-227-2108
NATIONAL "DUMP THE PUMP" DAY...
Was JUNE 8. The campaign to encourage road users to "dump the pump" and ride public transportation came and went on short notice.
This promotion highlights the importance of public transportation as an alternative to driving. In light of high gas prices, U.S. transit agencies will be urging people to "dump the pump," park their cars, and ride public transit.
For a Pennsylvania example, check out: www.fedupcommuters.com All rabbittransit fixed route buses are equipped with bike racks.
SAVE THE DATES...
July 4th Independence Day
July 6-21 Fourth Annual Bike Part Art Show, Nexus Gallery in Old City
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?
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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.
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