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Alameda County Transportation Commission's Survey of Bicyclists

 

 The survey is now closed. Thank you. 

The Alameda County Transportation Commission (Alameda CTC) is conducting a web survey of bicyclists in Alameda County. This is an opportunity to give valuable feedback on your bicycling habits, how you feel about bicycling events such as Bike to Work Day, and how bicycling in Alameda County can be improved.  The survey will take approximately fifteen minutes. The more people that participate in the survey, the more information Alameda CTC can collect to ensure that Bike to Work Day 2012 and other bicycling-related events continue to be successful. This is your chance to make your voice heard and help us continue to create events that support and encourage bicycling in Alameda County. 

Click here to take the survey. 

Or copy and paste the URL below into your internet browser:
https://emcresearch.qualtrics.com/WRQualtricsSurveyEngine/?Q_SS=8IlKX6EnSENqvpq_55Oy6L9vYTBrBdi&_=1

Clone of Technology for Our Movement

This workshop focuses on the most useful and relevant technologies for bicycle and pedestrian advocacy organizations.  It will cover databases, online event registrations, online systems and tools, list serves, web 2.0 technologies, RSS feeds, content management systems, and so much more. Ensure your organization is embracing all opportunities to connect with your members, increase your membership, and raise funds effectively.

The web is a huge but fractured market.  Building a great web site and creating compelling content is the first step in successfully promoting your cause online.  The next step is to collect and connect your content to the myriad of social networks that will connect you to millions of users.  Using these tools, we increased our web hits to our Bike to Work Day site 7 fold (from 1 Million in 2008 to 7 Million in 2009)

CycleTracks now available on Android!

Download CycleTracks, the free app that generates maps and statistics of your rides that you can share with friends now available on Android phones and iPhones. Time and route data is saved for you—and also transmitted to the San Francisco County Transportation Authority to improve the bicycle component of their travel forecasting model, helping planners better understand and serve the needs of San Francisco cyclists. You’ll be promoting Bay Area cycling with each ride you record! (All data collected will be kept confidential).  For more information and links to downloads visit: http://www.sfcta.org/content/view/666/375

 

 

Study sees transit saving Californians' energy, cutting greenhouse gas (Sacramento Bee)

A new study says Californians could save billions each year and cut greenhouse gas emissions by developing neighborhoods within easy access of public transportation. The study – "Windfall for All: How Connected, Convenient Neighborhoods Can Protect Our Climate and Safeguard California's Economy" – was conducted by Oakland-based TransForm, formerly the Transportation and Land Use Coalition. This is another example of how saving Safe Routes to Transit is a good idea. Read more...

Download CycleTracks, the new iPhone Bicycle Planning App

Calling all biking iPhone users! Download CycleTracks, the free app that generates maps and statistics of your rides that you can share with friends. Time and route data is saved for you—and also transmitted to the San Francisco County Transportation Authority to improve the bicycle component of their travel forecasting model, helping planners better understand and serve the needs of San Francisco cyclists. You’ll be promoting Bay Area cycling with your iPhone! (All data collected will be kept confidential)

Win a $50 iTunes gift card!

If you download CycleTracks and use it for at least one trip by November 27th, you’ll be automatically entered in all drawings to win one of ten $50 iTunes Gift Cards*. Download CycleTracks or search for it in the iTunes app store. For more information about CycleTracks, visit www.sfcta.org/CycleTracks or our Facebook page.

*—We’ll need your email address, but it won’t be shared with anyone—and we’ll keep you posted on the progress of the study.  (See complete contest rules)

BABC Awarded $15,000 SF Foundation Grant for iBikeChallenge Program

The BABC was awarded $15,000 to create the iBikeChallenge web and iPhone application to promote bicycling trips throughout the Bay Area. The iBikeChallenge is an online competition that encourages users to bike for everyday transportation by tracking the total benefits to their budget, their health and the environment. The iPhone application will track users trips which will generate data that will be used by transportation planners to improve the network of bicycle facilities. The goals of the program are to increase the number of bicycle and trips throughout the region, improve bicycle planning by providing more accurate information about cyclists route choices and measure the impact of increased bicycle travel on the environment and public health.  Check back for updates on the progress of the application which we will be launching in May.


 

New direction for Market Street (The Examiner)

In a rare example of harmony in San Francisco, merchants, transit advocates and pedestrians have all expressed some degree of support for the much-ballyhooed experiment to restrict cars on Market Street that started last month. The current situation, which took effect Sept. 29 with the backing of Mayor Gavin Newsom, forces private automobiles traveling eastbound on Market Street to make right turns at Sixth and Eighth streets off the thoroughfare. Read more...

 

Cars, bikes can coexist in vibrant cities (SF Chronicle)

The American neighborhood since World War II has been built on the back of the automobile. In some parts of the country, it's impossible even to run out for a gallon of milk without a car. The growing threat of climate change and the need to reduce greenhouse gas emissions means we can't continue building like it's 1949. But the ubiquity of cars in our lives and our urban environments makes it unlikely that the automobile will disappear any time soon. Read more...

 

Driver Reaction to Market Street Diversions Surprisingly Upbeat (Streetsblog)

Although there are still some kinks that need to be ironed out on Market Street to make the six-week trial diversion of personal automobiles more efficient, the sky did not fall and reaction to the changes was fairly positive, even from drivers in personal vehicles. One consistent complaint was the relatively small signs affixed to street posts, which several drivers claimed they didn't see. Read more...

 

 

 

Make it Easy for Walk to School Day Participants to Join the Safe Routes to School "Dear Congress" Campaign

Three weeks ago, the Safe Routes to School National Partnership called on parents, children, school officials, and community leaders to write "Dear Congress" letters to demonstrate the importance of the Safe Routes to School program.  We're now extending the campaign deadline until Friday, October 23.
 
So far, we have received over 150 meaningful and powerful letters from around the country.  A few examples include: whole classes of students in Milwaukee, WI and Las Cruces, NM showing through words and pictures why they love to walk and bicycle to school; several city leaders in Tonganoxie, KS describing the numerous SRTS infrastructure needs remaining in their community; and parents and grandparents in Santa Cruz County, CA explaining why it's important that children be able to safely walk and bicycle to school.  We are grateful to each and every individual that has taken the time to participate in the "Dear Congress" campaign. Read more...

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