National Bike Challenge – M4 Challenge Update
Since May 1, more than 704 participants have collectively biked over 70,000 miles. We're going to extend the challenge through the length of the National Bike Challenge (September 30) and rename it "M3 Challenge" for Mayor's Million Mile Challenge. We're still shooting for 1 Milloion Miles. If you're one of the 700 participants, congrats! Ask your family, friends and co-workers to join you! If you haven't signed up yet, do so today! It's fun, easy, and game-changing! Join today at www.nationalbikechallenge.org!
Rails to Trails Conservancy T-MAP Initiative Coming to Indy
The Trail Modeling and Assessment Platform (T-MAP) is a $1.2 million, three-year initiative to create the next generation of trail planning data collection instruments, methodologies and analysis tools. For the first time, the trail movement will have access to sophisticated analytical tools similar to those that have traditionally been used in the development of road projects. T-MAP will empower our movement with a powerful suite of tools that will permit us to demonstrate convincingly how trail investment can create healthier places for healthier people.
Indianapolis is one of 12 cities chosen for this project. We look forward to collecting the data and incorporating it into Indianapolis' bicycle count project in the future.
Visit this page for more information about this initiative.
Boxer Bill is B+ Effort for Next U.S. Transportation Bill
– from League of American Bicyclists
Senator Barbara Boxer (D-CA) and her leadership colleagues on the Senate Environment and Public Works Committee published their eagerly anticipated proposal for the next transportation bill — and the proposal gets a solid B+ rating from the League.
The bill offers the certainty of long term-funding that transportation agencies need to make much-needed infrastructure investments. At the same time, there are some small but important changes to make the programs run more efficiently and with greater transparency.
We're particularly excited with some specific changes proposed in the Transportation Alternatives Program (TAP) that would ease project delivery and are very happy to see the continued emphasis on safety for all modes, and on the shift towards more local decision making.
Specifically, the bill would require the U.S. Department of Transportation to develop a specific non-motorized safety performance measure — a key ask at the last two National Bike Summits and the subject of a concerted campaign over the past 18 months.
More details: http://bikeleague.org/content/b-boxer-bill
Initiative Combatting Bike Theft
Two bikes have been recovered already through Indy Bike Register! Have you registered your bike yet? IndyCog has partnered with StolenBikeRegistry.com and BikeIndex.org to assist Indianapolis and surrounding area residents in the fight against bike theives.
From this site you can report your bike stolen or register your bike through BikeIndex.org. New stolen listings are displayed on this page, automatically posted to Twitter and synced with StolenBikeRegistry.com. But don’t wait until your bike is stolen to do something. There are plenty of things that you can do now to reduce the chances of your bike being stolen.
- Register your bike so you can prove it’s yours
- Learn how to best prevent theft
- Browse stolen bikes listed at www.indycog.org/stolenbikes and assist in recovery
For more details and to register your bike(s): www.indycog.org/stolenbikes