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Learn about the latest news from the world of biking.

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Building Momentum for Pro-Recreation Policy

December 1st, 2021

On Dec. 1, the U.S. Senate will hold a hearing to consider a slate of bills that could advance public lands and recreation access, permitting and development, with big opportunities for bikes. ...

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The Argument for Bikes-for-Clunkers Programs

November 30th, 2021

Our current environmental predicament demands unconventional ideas and bold action across the board. ...

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House Votes YES on Billions for Bike Incentives and Infrastructure in Build Back Better Act

November 19th, 2021

A closer look at the bike provisions included in the Build Back Better Act and the political landscape ahead. ...

Mechanics Lorenzo Manuelito (left) and Frank Cook (center) with founder Scott Nydam (right) in front of the Silver Stallion mobile shop. (All photos courtesy of Silver Stallion’s Shaun Price.)

Ride for Gratitude and the Navajo Nation

November 12th, 2021

In celebration of Native American Heritage Month, our November Ride Spot Challenges are raising money for Silver Stallion, a bike nonprofit serving Dinétah. ...

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New Orleans' Bicycle Equity Index

November 10th, 2021

In 2019, the Crescent City joined forces with Toole Design to let equity lead in the planning of its bike network. ...

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Biking Where Black

November 8th, 2021

A new study shows that areas with less bike infrastructure experience disproportionate ticketing, compounding the effects of racially biased policing and transportation policies. ...

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Billions in Funding Advanced for Bikes in Federal Votes on Infrastructure and Reconciliation Bills

November 8th, 2021

The $1 trillion Infrastructure Investment and Jobs Act and $1.75 trillion Build Back Better Act offer big funding for bikes nationwide. ...

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Austin Will Be America’s Next Great Biking City

November 1st, 2021

Over the last two years, the Texas capital accelerated the buildout of its all ages and abilities bike network, building more than 100 new miles with no signs of slowing down. ...

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In Texas, A Bike Network Gets Bigger

October 29th, 2021

An interview with Austin Mayor Steve Adler on the city’s ambitious, 400+ mile bike network. ...

A member of the Northwest Center’s youth advisory council poses in Belmont Cragin.

Investing in Community

October 26th, 2021

Building inclusive bicycling ecosystems means supporting youth and working from the inside out. Two nonprofits — the Northwest Center and Outride — are committed to doing just that. ...

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PeopleForBikes Renews Partnerships With International Mountain Bicycling Association and National Interscholastic Cycling Association

October 24th, 2021

PeopleForBikes is the national organization that supports every kind of bicycling. Whether it’s on road or dirt, or for recreation, transportation or competition, in every state across the country, PeopleForBikes works to make biking better for everyone. That’s why we’re delighted to announce our re ...

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Increasing Awareness and Education About the Benefits of Electric Bicycles

October 13th, 2021

PeopleForBikes staff are amplifying the many environmental and social solutions e-bikes offer at several events this fall. ...

The author, Kiana Parker, is a disability advocate living in Seattle, Washington. (Photo credit Christine Chu)

Planning’s Disability Blindspot

October 4th, 2021

All cities should strive to serve everyone, people with disabilities included. Unfortunately, the latter is all too often left out of the planning process. ...

Jeremy McGhee rides his Sport-On adaptive mountain bike in Bentonville, Arkansas.

Meet the Rider Improving Access for Disabled Mountain Bikers

September 29th, 2021

Jeremy McGhee is on a mission to ride and document every mountain bike trail in Northwest Arkansas, opening up the landscape for those who can’t ride a traditional bike. ...

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Promoting Equity and Climate Action Through Bike Infrastructure

September 27th, 2021

A bill advanced in the House Transportation and Infrastructure Committee could provide big dollars for bike infrastructure projects. ...

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Climate Change Demands More Bike Advocates

September 21st, 2021

When it comes to environmental solutions, all too often the onus is put solely on the individual. It’s time for all bicyclists to become advocates and demand institutional action.  ...

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Tackling Climate Change One Ride at a Time

September 20th, 2021

Research proves that bikes can help lower our carbon emissions, and making a difference might not be as difficult as we think. ...

Washington Avenue, Minneapolis – our No. 8 pick from 2017.

Five New State Laws Seeking to Combat Climate Change Through Bikes

September 16th, 2021

New legislation recognizes the power of bikes to help reach climate action goals ...

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Incentivizing Bicycling Is Climate Policy

September 14th, 2021

A consumer rebate for electric bicycles and a commuter benefit for biking to work aren’t just tax policy, they’re climate policy.  ...

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House Committee Advances Electric Bicycle Tax Credit and Bike Commuter Benefit

September 14th, 2021

A closer look at the approved bike provisions in the Build Back Better Act and the political landscape that can get them signed into law. ...

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Bikes Are a Climate Solution

September 14th, 2021

Riding a bike won’t solve the climate crisis alone, but its potential to reduce carbon emissions, improve public health and foster sustainable communities are all big steps towards a cleaner future. ...

Alongside the nonprofit Youth in Action, the Providence Streets Coalition has been engaging residents on Broad Street around the city’s planned infrastructure changes.

Inclusion on Main Street

September 13th, 2021

A 1.5-mile stretch of Broad Street in Providence, Rhode Island, is slated for a holistic mobility upgrade and community engagement is an integral part of the plan. ...

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What the Growth of Black Peloton Can Teach Bicycling

September 7th, 2021

The stationary bike and exercise company offers potent lessons when it comes to fostering safety, comfort and community for BIPOC riders. ...

A Little Bellas rider from the New Hampshire Upper Valley group. (Photo credit: William Freihofer)

The ‘Bike Boom’ Isn’t Just for Adults

September 2nd, 2021

The future of kids’ bicycling appeared dire until the pandemic hit. Now, a new generation of bicyclists is emerging. ...

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How Movement on Trade Policy Is Affecting the Bike Industry

August 25th, 2021

An update on PeopleForBikes' federal trade and tariff work. ...

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Learnings From the 2021 Outride Research Summit

August 16th, 2021

The virtual gathering highlighted evidence-based ways to advance youth and community well-being through bicycling. ...

A protected bike lane in New Orleans, Louisiana.

A Snapshot of Bicycling in 78 U.S. Cities

August 13th, 2021

We culled the responses from our annual survey for city officials, painting a more nuanced picture of bicycling at the local level. ...

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Does America Have a Big Bike Ego?

August 11th, 2021

Unlike their European counterparts, Americans appear to have inflated perceptions about the state of bicycling in the U.S. ...

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In Northwest Arkansas, You Can Go to College for Bikes

August 10th, 2021

A first-of-its-kind program is launching in Bentonville with scholarships available for BIPOC and LGBTQ students. ...

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What Is the Bipartisan Infrastructure Bill and What Could it Mean for Bikes?

August 4th, 2021

If passed, the bill would advance the state of bicycle policy and funding in the U.S. but leaves opportunities for bold, transformative action on the table. ...

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Critical Mass: A Summit Empowering All Women

July 19th, 2021

Bicycling organizations in Northwest Arkansas are joining together for this inaugural event, taking place virtually and in-person from July 23-24. ...

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The Making of a Bike Ecosystem

July 15th, 2021

In Arizona’s Verde Valley, PeopleForBikes and other partners are coming together to create a community hub for mountain biking. ...

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Introducing Our Spring 2021 Community Grants Recipients 

July 2nd, 2021

We recently awarded $50,000 to eight projects across eight states through our spring Industry Community Grants Program. ...

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The 2021 Outride Research Summit

July 1st, 2021

On July 28, tune in for evidence-based ways to advance youth and community well-being through bicycling. While the event is totally free, registration is required. ...

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The Unintended Consequences of Bike Laws

June 25th, 2021

In King County, Washington, a coalition of advocates is fighting to repeal a helmet mandate that disproportionately harms BIPOC and homeless cyclists. ...

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PeopleForBikes’ 2021 Mid-Year Legislative Recap

June 23rd, 2021

A quick update on pro-bike policies from across the U.S. ...

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There's Something for Everyone in the E-BIKE Act

June 23rd, 2021

Bicyclists and non-riders alike will benefit from the proposed legislation. ...

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Model Electric Bicycle Laws Now in 36 States

June 23rd, 2021

Two-thirds of U.S. states now define and regulate electric bicycles in three-class system  ...

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Pivot Cycles Is Welcoming Refugees to America

June 17th, 2021

The Arizona-based mountain bike company partnered with a local nonprofit to refurbish bikes for families in need. ...

People for Mobility Justice, one of the grantees, will host classes on electric bicycling and bike maintenance, as well as provide safety equipment such as helmets and lights. (Courtesy Photo)

Better Bike Share Partnership Awards $89,970 in Grants

June 15th, 2021

The 12 projects utilize everything from community art to electric bikes and span the country from New York to Hawaii. ...

Credit: Capital Bikeshare, Sam Kittner Photography

House Committee Transportation Bill Makes Big Strides for Bikes

June 8th, 2021

The $547 billion INVEST in America Act offers promising funding for connecting our nation. ...

Two bikers use Capitol Bike Share in Arlington, Virginia. (Photo credit: Sam Kittner/Kittner.com, courtesy of Arlington County Commuter Services.)

Good Networks Make Better Bike Cities

June 3rd, 2021

A focus on safe, connected bike networks helped boost these medium-sized cities to top spots in our 2021 City Ratings. ...

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Lessons From Europe

June 1st, 2021

These seven European cities are role models when it comes to great bicycling. Here’s what U.S. cities can learn from them. ...

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Five Great Canadian Bike Cities

June 1st, 2021

Spread out across provinces, these disparate locales showcase what bicycling north of the border is all about. ...

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How to Build Big Cities for Biking

June 1st, 2021

These six U.S. cities are top of class when it comes to their bike networks, infrastructure and political willpower. ...

Jackson Street in St. Paul, Minnesota, part of the Capital City Bikeway network. Credit: Toole Design © Bruce Buckley

What St. Paul Got Right For Bikes

June 1st, 2021

From 2020 to 2021, the Minnesota capital’s City Rating score increased significantly. Here’s why. ...

A female bicyclist and child in Traverse City, Michigan. Photo by Gary Howe.

The Secrets of Small Town Bicycling

June 1st, 2021

These four U.S. cities, all with populations under 50,000 people, scored well in the 2021 City Ratings. Here’s what they’re doing right. ...

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Our Top Vacation Spots for Biking

June 1st, 2021

From world-class mountain biking to wine tasting tours on two wheels, don’t forget to bring your helmet the next time you pack your bags. ...

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5 Strategies Every Bike Advocate Needs

May 31st, 2021

Want to advance bicycling locally? It’s time to reconsider how we apply our messaging around bicycling and bike infrastructure. ...

Building fifty one bikes for Los Osos Middle School’s Outride Riding For Focus program. Credit: Outride.

Why Local Bike Shops Should Support Youth Bicycling

May 28th, 2021

We spoke with retailers across the country to learn about various initiatives that are boosting business and building community. ...

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Senate Transportation Bill Shows Promise for Bikes at the Federal Level

May 26th, 2021

New legislation is promising, but still falls short of answering the demand for safe and connected infrastructure. ...

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‘Spring Back on Bikes’ Is Increasing Youth Ridership

May 24th, 2021

A collaboration between the National Youth Bike Council and Atlanta Students Advocating for Pedestrians is providing free bike tune-ups. ...

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New Leadership, New Vision

April 26th, 2021

Baltimore’s Mayor Brandon M. Scott has set ambitious goals for his first term, highlighting a commitment to equitable transportation. ...

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Everything You Need to Know About 2021 City Ratings

April 23rd, 2021

Answers to the most common questions around our newly revamped ranking system for bicycling cities, now simpler and international. ...

Roshun Austin, who first learned to bicycle at age 44, rides as part of a bike study tour in Amsterdam.

Biking Is (Not Just) for Boys

April 22nd, 2021

Through the personal bicycle history of Roshun Austin, we highlight the physical, cultural and societal barriers that exist for women in the U.S. ...

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What Will You Outride?

April 7th, 2021

Outride’s #WhatWillYouOutride campaign sparked a national conversation around the benefits of bicycling. ...

A young, elementary school aged child rides an orange bike in a protected bike lane. Their parent rides behind them.

What Could Biden’s Infrastructure Plan Mean for Bikes?

April 2nd, 2021

On March 31, President Biden released his administration’s $2 trillion infrastructure proposal, the American Jobs Plan, offering a wide-reaching policy and funding package including everything from transportation, broadband, water resources, manufacturing, clean energy and more. The numbers are big ...

Youth, with parental support, voluntarily agree to participate in Outride's research. (All photos courtesy.)

Your Child’s Brain on Biking

March 29th, 2021

We spoke with Esther Walker, Ph.D., about the research work Outride and its university partners are doing to advance youth bicycling. ...

An event in the West Colfax neighborhood of Denver where local cruiser car culture merged with biking. (Photo courtesy of Denver Streets Partnership)

How 5 Cities Are Breaking Down Barriers to Biking

March 25th, 2021

Bike advocates in Austin, Denver, New Orleans, Pittsburgh and Providence share how they’re already using recent recommendations from Charles T. Brown and other researchers. ...

In Project Bike Tech classrooms, students learn mechanical skills but also everything from geometry to city planning. (All photos courtesy of Project Bike Tech)

Why Every City Needs Project Bike Tech

March 17th, 2021

Like high school auto shop, but for bicycles, this experiential program is helping create a new generation of bike advocates nationwide. ...

Photo courtesy of Providence Streets Coalition in Providence, Rhode Island.

“Where America Fails, So Have We in Bicycling.”

March 4th, 2021

A candid conversation with Charles T. Brown, the lead investigator of a new, groundbreaking report on barriers to biking in the U.S. ...

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Join the Challenge to Raise Money for Black History Bike Ride

March 3rd, 2021

AUSTIN, TEXAS (March 3, 2021) — On July 14, 2020, Talib Abdullahi set out to educate a few friends about Black history in Austin with a bike ride around the city. When he first shared his idea for the ride among a few friends on Instagram, Abdullahi never imagined that eventually more than 400 rider ...

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Making Electric Bicycle Purchase Incentive Programs a Top Priority

February 25th, 2021

Every day, agencies and businesses across the U.S. are looking to establish electric bicycle incentive programs due to the immense social, environmental and economic benefits they can provide for both individuals and communities as a whole. Electric bicycles are cheaper to own and maintain than a ca ...

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Electric Bicycles as a Tool for Essential Workers and Low-Income Populations

February 25th, 2021

Amid the COVID-19 pandemic, states and municipalities nationwide are recognizing the benefits of electric bicycles more than ever. Electric bicycles can help build sustainable communities that empower their citizens and better prepare them for disaster recovery. Electric bicycles produce low greenho ...

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Insuring Your Electric Bicycle 101

February 25th, 2021

When Tim Pembroke turned 70 back in 2011, he decided it was time to stop riding a motorcycle and start riding an electric bicycle. His son Nick worked for Everett, Washington-based McClain Insurance for a decade, so Tim asked Nick about insurance for his new ride.  ...

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5 Bills Every Bike Advocate Should Care About

February 24th, 2021

We’ve combed through every state bicycling bill currently being considered — here are the top five themes that emerged and why they’re important. ...

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Youth Cycling Coalition Announces Partners and Launch of Pilot Program

February 23rd, 2021

The Youth Cycling Coalition (YCC), a partnership of 10 youth-focused bicycling organizations, has announced a commitment to growing youth bicycling through the launch of a pilot program in Morgantown, West Virginia.   ...

Philadelphia, the original Living Lab, will continue its equity work with Indego bike share as part of a new cohort. (Photo courtesy of Indego)

Meet 5 Grantees Out to Transform Bike Share

February 19th, 2021

We’re proud to announce our Living Lab winners, all of which will create replicable programs for improving shared micromobility in low-income communities. ...

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Electric Bicycles Can Play a Big Role in Combating Climate Change

February 16th, 2021

Transportation is responsible for 37.8% of all carbon emissions in the United States. Just under 60% of that transportation-related CO2 is generated by passenger cars, SUVs and minivans. Electrification and clean, renewable power are critical tools to reduce transportation emissions in the long run, ...

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New E-BIKE Act Would Offer Tax Credit for Electric Bicycle Purchases

February 10th, 2021

PeopleForBikes applauds the introduction of federal legislation to offer an electric bicycle tax credit, helping more people easily get out on two wheels. The Electric Bicycle Incentive Kickstart for the Environment (E-BIKE) Act, led by Representatives Jimmy Panetta (D-CA) and Earl Blumenauer (D-OR) ...

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PeopleForBikes and Outride Announce Partnership to Support Youth Bicycling

February 3rd, 2021

PeopleForBikes is proud to announce a partnership with Outride, a non-profit organization dedicated to improving the lives of youth and cultivating inclusive communities through bicycling. Outride is a leader in youth cycling education, community grant giving and research investigating the influence ...

All photos courtesy of Gabriela Barillas

A Data-Driven Pandemic Response

February 2nd, 2021

Tucson, Arizona, a recipient of our 2020 COVID-19 Mobility Response Grant, used the funding to create an equitable Slow Streets program and build community through socially distanced events. ...

All photos courtesy of the City of Fort Collins

Getting People to Shift Their Ride

February 2nd, 2021

Fort Collins, a recipient of our 2020 COVID-19 Mobility Response Grant, used the funding to beef up its existing bike network, as well as roll out an extensive marketing campaign. ...

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Electric Cargo Bikes Can Be a Key Tool for Freight Mobility

February 1st, 2021

Electric cargo bikes proved more efficient than delivery vans for redistributing the inventory of USEFULL, a company that functions like a bikeshare system for to-go containers. However, in seeking secure overnight storage and recharging, Founder and CEO Alison Rogers found that commercial garages’ ...

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What to Expect in the First 100 Days of the New Administration and Congress

January 26th, 2021

The first 100 days of the Biden administration and the start of the 117th Congress will be packed with agency nomination hearings, a Senate impeachment trial, numerous executive orders and a legislative effort to set the agenda of the new Democratic majority. We expect Congress and the Biden adminis ...

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What a Modern Civilian Conservation Corps Could Do for Bikes

January 26th, 2021

In March 1933, only three weeks into his first term, President Franklin Delano Roosevelt proposed a bill to Congress to create the Civilian Conservation Corps (CCC). Congress funded the CCC in April, and by summer thousands of unemployed young men were enrolled in the program that would put them to ...

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Winter Riding Tips

January 25th, 2021

We know it can be pretty easy to hang up your helmet for the season once the snow starts falling, but we’re here to tell you that just because winter is here, it doesn’t mean you have to stop riding! ...

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Ravi Rajcoomar is Our New Vice President of Business Network

January 21st, 2021

PeopleForBikes, the nation’s leading bicycle industry trade association, is proud to announce the addition of Ravi Rajcoomar as the vice president of the organization’s Business Network. In his new role, Rajcoomar will serve on PeopleForBikes’ senior leadership team and guide the organization in cre ...

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How Bicycling Changed During A Pandemic

January 20th, 2021

The COVID-19 pandemic brought unexpected challenges to the health, livelihood and well-being of communities across the world last year. Working, shopping and getting around fundamentally changed amidst global efforts to control the spread of the virus. ...

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Supporting Small Businesses By Bike

January 19th, 2021

A big lesson we all learned during the past year is the importance of small businesses in our communities. As the COVID-19 pandemic swept across the U.S., small businesses were hit hard, many unfortunately closing their doors for good.  ...

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How to Ride Together Even When We're Apart

January 15th, 2021

Over the past year, we’ve all learned to do some of our favorite activities a little differently. Happy hours, game nights and even Thanksgiving dinners gone virtual have shown that even though we’re physically apart, it doesn’t mean we can’t spend time together.  ...

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Thinking About Buying an Electric Bicycle? We’re Here to Help

January 8th, 2021

We get this question all the time — “I’m curious about electric bicycles but don’t really know where to start. How do I find the right bike that fits my needs?” ...

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America's Best New Bikeways of 2020

December 18th, 2020

We can all agree, 2020 was tougher than anyone anticipated. As the year began, planning for a pandemic could only be described as a fantastical thought exercise, but by March the realities of COVID-19 reached all corners of America, dramatically changing nearly every aspect of people’s lives. ...

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PeopleForBikes is Advancing a Pro-Bike Trade Agenda in Washington, D.C. in 2021

December 18th, 2020

PeopleForBikes is dedicated to promoting pro-bike trade policies that support bike businesses, keep Americans riding and make bikes and bike products accessible to as many people as possible.  ...

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Nearly $300 Million in Federal Infrastructure Grants Include Bikes

December 4th, 2020

In September 2020, the U.S. Department of Transportation (USDOT) announced this year’s awards for the Better Utilizing Investments to Leverage Development grants (BUILD, formerly TIGER). Of the $1 billion in grants awarded, nearly $300 million focus on or support bicycle infrastructure and active tr ...

Riding the Sugarcamp Mountain Trails in Prestonsburg, Kentucky

Using the Land and Water Conservation Fund for Local Bike Projects

December 4th, 2020

There’s an opportunity to increase funding for cities and states to build new bike projects across the U.S. thanks to the Land and Water Conservation Fund (LWCF). The federal government fully and permanently funded the LWCF at $900 million annually when the Great American Outdoors Act became law in ...

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Electric Mountain Bike Access in State Parks is Improving

December 3rd, 2020

Every day, individuals are discovering the many benefits of electric mountain bikes (eMTBs) — they allow more individuals to get out and ride, regardless of their age or physical or cognitive abilities. Electric mountain bikes provide a needed boost to make climbing hills easier and going longer dis ...

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Bikes Won Big at the Ballot Box

December 3rd, 2020

2020 has been a momentous year for bikes, especially in local and state ballot measures. ...

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Busting 10 Myths about E-Bikes

November 30th, 2020

In some circles, electric bicycles have an undeserved bad reputation. Like just about anything new, they require an open mind and a positive attitude. As their popularity skyrockets around the world, it’s only a matter of time before e-bikes really take off in the U.S. Fact is stronger than fiction, ...

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Senate Committee Votes Yes on Important Public Lands and Recreation Legislation

November 25th, 2020

While recent news out of Washington, D.C. may seem singularly focused, members of Congress continue to work steadily to advance priority legislation that preserves public lands and improves recreation opportunities. ...

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Congress Advances Veterans Bill to Leverage Outdoor Recreation

November 18th, 2020

POLICY UPDATE: Amid a hyper-partisan divide in Washington, D.C., lawmakers came together ahead of Veterans Day to approve the Veterans COMPACT Act, a broad legislative package to advance care for veterans and their families, which includes support for women veterans and suicide prevention. The bill ...

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Electrifying the Bike Boom

November 18th, 2020

At PeopleForBikes, we’re focusing our energy on maintaining the bike boom. As electric bicycles grow in popularity across the United States, they are becoming the preferred mode of transportation for many Americans in cities large and small. And for good reason: they shorten distances, squish hills ...

Now is the time to show off you town's new bikeways.

Call For Submissions: America’s Best New Bikeways of 2020

November 16th, 2020

Cities are dynamic entities. If you look at photos from 100 years ago, most city streets would be unrecognizable. While preserving history is important, places and infrastructure require constant revision and revitalization to accommodate modern populations — working with the old to build the new. ...

Bike riders on Austin’s South Congress Avenue take advantage of the fresh paint and new construction of protected bike lanes, created in response to the COVID-19 pandemic. On November 2, Austin voters approved Proposition B which included $30 million for future enhancements to this corridor. (Credit: Bike Austin)

Austin Positioned to Surpass America’s Greatest Biking Cities

November 6th, 2020

In decisive fashion, 58% of Austin voters cast ballots on November 2 supporting Proposition A, a $7.1 billion public transit expansion and rail line plan, and 67% supported Proposition B, a $460 million active transportation bond meant to expand walking and biking networks throughout the city. ...

Electric bicycles continue to grow in popularity.

Department of the Interior Issues New Rules on Electric Bicycle Access

November 4th, 2020

While electric bicycles have been rising in popularity, access to good trail systems — particularly on federal public lands — hasn’t always been so straightforward. However, swift changes are coming as several federal land management agencies have taken steps to modernize electric bicycle management ...

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A Conversation with Tamika Butler on Race and Bicycling

October 30th, 2020

Earlier this year, PeopleForBikes hosted our annual Bicycle Leadership Conference (BLC), the world’s largest gathering of bike industry leaders and executives. For this year’s virtual conference, day two was dedicated entirely to mobility justice and anti-racism in the bike industry. Among many amaz ...

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Stay Safe, Stay Seen, Stay Pedaling: Helpful Tips to Keep Riding

October 23rd, 2020

There were a lot of reasons people got on their bikes this year. No matter what reason you had for experiencing life on two wheels, we’re here to help keep you riding through 2020 and for years to come. We’ve collected a few tips to assist you in staying safe, staying seen and staying pedaling, no m ...

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Highlights from the 2020 Virtual Bicycle Leadership Conference

October 20th, 2020

From Sept. 29 to Oct. 1, nearly 500 attendees gathered for the PeopleForBikes’ 2020 Virtual Bicycle Leadership Conference (VBLC) to discuss and learn about diversity, equity and inclusion in the bike industry, e-bike market adoption, sales and ridership data, and continuing the momentum of the curre ...

Riding in colder weather.

Six Tips to Carry Your Summer Biking Habit into Fall

October 17th, 2020

The leaves are turning, the air is crisp — fall is officially here. But the beauty of fall also means cooler temperatures, earlier sunsets and sometimes less than ideal weather. For the many of you who picked up biking for the first time or returned after a long hiatus this summer, the thought of br ...

Gravel riding is surging in popularity.

The Gift of Gravel: Why You Should Take Your Bike Off Road This Fall

October 12th, 2020

As gravel riding continues to surge in popularity, every unpaved road opens up a door to new exploration. Still uncertain about taking your next ride off the pavement? Here are five reasons why you should. ...

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New to Biking? How to Ride Safely and Courteously Through 2020 and Beyond

October 12th, 2020

Millions of Americans found joy on two wheels this year. Bike paths and trails are the busiest they’ve been in decades, and with more people sticking close to home, less cars on the road has allowed many riders to feel safer biking on the street.  ...

Due to the constantly changing dimensions of the COVID-19 crisis, we encourage you to follow all current CDC guidelines as well as local travel advisories and recommendations. Take care of yourselves and loved ones. We’re all in this together.

The Power of a Neighborhood Ride

October 6th, 2020

This year, life has been different. Putting on a mask has become almost second nature and we’ve all been spending a lot more time close to home. Thankfully, when it comes to getting out on two wheels, a world of adventure is waiting right out your front door. ...

Washington, D.C. native John Shackelford is biking the 1,114 miles of the Underground Railroad.

Meet the Bicyclist Who’s Riding the Underground Railroad

September 30th, 2020

For Washington, D.C. native John Shackelford, riding a bike has always been about making a difference within himself. Growing up in Southeast Washington, D.C.’s predominantly African American quadrant, Shackelford got into bicycling in his teens after seeing some local bike messengers working around ...

The National Interscholastic Cycling Association hosts events to promote and grow youth cycling.

PeopleForBikes Renews Partnership With National Interscholastic Cycling Association

September 24th, 2020

PeopleForBikes is proud to announce a renewed partnership with the National Interscholastic Cycling Association (NICA) to promote and grow youth cycling across the U.S. ...

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Lyft’s Vision For the Future of Cities

September 21st, 2020

We believe cities should be built around people, not cars. Since Lyft’s inception, we’ve thought about how our vision would require us to compete with the convenience of car ownership to end traffic congestion, inspire a transportation revolution, and lead an equitable, scalable approach to shared b ...

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Moving Forward for Federal Transportation, Infrastructure and Recovery Funding

September 10th, 2020

As Americans demand more resources for COVID-19 recovery efforts, Congress faces several funding deadlines on September 30, 2020. These deadlines include decisions on appropriations (Treasury funds used by federal agencies) to keep the government running, as well as our national transportation polic ...

Our friends at the Bike Cooperative help spark a lifelong love of cycling.

Challenge Meets Potential: Children are the Future of Cycling

September 2nd, 2020

2020 has taught us many lessons, and one of the biggest things we’ve learned is that the world is widely connected and so are its challenges. Many of them are BIG challenges — the kind we might often think a bicycle has nothing to do with. ...

Biking Washington's Olympic Adventure Route.

PeopleForBikes Creates Sustainability Working Group for a Better, Cleaner Bike Industry

September 1st, 2020

The bike is often seen as a sustainability tool to help lower emissions rates in people’s personal lives. For example, choosing to ride a bike saves 250g/km of CO2 compared to driving a car. While the benefits of going by bike are clear, the bike industry overall still struggles to unpack what susta ...

As public transportation options diminish, more families will consider biking to school.

Safe Routes Partnership Centers Equity and Adaptability in Getting Back to School in 2020

August 31st, 2020

While everyone is talking about kids returning to school this fall in the midst of a pandemic, there needs to be more discussions on the topic of how they will get there. Addressing increased and complicated transportation needs is necessary for a safe return to school in 2020. Many school districts ...

Riding an electric mountain bike.

Find Your Next eMTB Adventure – Arkansas

August 21st, 2020

PeopleForBikes’ eMTB map is your one-stop shop to find eMTB-friendly trails near you. We’re highlighting the best eMTB trails from coast to coast to make planning your next mountain biking adventure easy and accessible. ...

Mountain biker on logging road

Helping America Recover and Move Forward with Bikes

August 11th, 2020

COVID-19 has become a universal forcing function across all aspects of American life. Its devastating effects are making us reexamine how we work, gather, learn, shop, dine, access basic services and move around our cities and communities. We have changed our habits, are staying closer to home, reco ...

Mountain bike rider on a trail

New Policy Proposals Recognize Bikes as a Solution to Climate Change

July 27th, 2020

We’ve long known that bikes are a low-cost, easily implemented solution to combat climate change. Recent government studies reported that the transportation sector (cars, trucks, commercial aircraft, trains, etc.) is the largest source of climate change causing greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions in the ...

Electric mountain biking is growing in popularity.

Find Your Next eMTB Adventure – North Carolina

July 21st, 2020

PeopleForBikes is tracking eMTB access nationally and publishing the data on our eMTB map. This map is your one-stop shop to learn where eMTBs are allowed and find e-bike friendly trails near you.  ...

Blake Baker, an Outdoor Recreation Planner at the Bureau of Land Management’s Price Field Office in Utah, with an electric mountain bike.

E-Bikes an Asset for Recreational Trail Programs

July 16th, 2020

David (Blake) Baker, an Outdoor Recreation Planner at the Bureau of Land Management’s Price Field Office in Utah, recently received e-bike loans, coordinated by PeopleForBikes, for him and his colleagues to see how their day to day jobs may be different with the use of e-bikes as a tool for daily tr ...

Rider in green protected bike lane

Cities Turn to Bike Networks For Recovery

July 14th, 2020

By April 2020, more than 200 U.S. cities changed the layout of their streets by eliminating through traffic, slowing cars and opening roadways for people of all ages and abilities to comfortably enjoy the outdoors while city parks, fitness centers and schools were closed due to the COVID-19 pandemic ...

New policies are allowing electric mountain bikes more access to trail networks.

Find Your Next eMTB Adventure – Florida

July 2nd, 2020

Electric mountain bikes (eMTBs) allow for all members of the family to join in on the fun of mountain biking. Trail policies around the country are slowly being updated to allow some e-bikes in areas where traditional bikes are permitted, increasing access for eMTB riders looking for a great trail e ...

Young riders race.
Mountain bikes against the sunset

Senate Approves Long-Sought Deal for Recreation and Public Lands

June 17th, 2020

UPDATE: On July 22, the Great American Outdoors Act cleared final passage in the U.S. House of Representatives and headed to the President’s desk to be signed into law. After decades of debate, the policies put forth in this bill- fully funding the LWCF at $900 million annually and addressing the gr ...

Man standing over his bicycle in front of the Lincoln Memorial

House Transportation Bill Proposes Major Increases for Federal Bike Programs

June 10th, 2020

UPDATE: On July 1, the U.S. House of Representatives approved a sweeping $1.5 trillion infrastructure package. The broader package addresses American infrastructure needs ranging from energy, water resources, housing, telecommunications and the $494 billion transportation bill outlined below. Includ ...

Bikers at Jackson Square in Jamaica Plain neighborhood of Boston.

2020 City Ratings: Top 5 U.S. Cities for Bikes

June 9th, 2020

Due to the constantly changing dimensions of the COVID-19 crisis, we encourage you to follow all current CDC guidelines as well as local travel advisories and recommendations. Take care of yourselves and loved ones. We’re all in this together. ...

Bike-oriented image

2020 City Ratings: Ridership

June 9th, 2020

Due to the constantly changing dimensions of the COVID-19 crisis, we encourage you to follow all current CDC guidelines as well as local travel advisories and recommendations. Take care of yourselves and loved ones. We’re all in this together. ...

A cyclist rides in a bike lane.

2020 City Ratings: Network

June 9th, 2020

Due to the constantly changing dimensions of the COVID-19 crisis, we encourage you to follow all current CDC guidelines as well as local travel advisories and recommendations. Take care of yourselves and loved ones. We’re all in this together. ...

A bike repair station.

2020 City Ratings: Acceleration

June 9th, 2020

Due to the constantly changing dimensions of the COVID-19 crisis, we encourage you to follow all current CDC guidelines as well as local travel advisories and recommendations. Take care of yourselves and loved ones. We’re all in this together. ...

A cyclist waiting at an intersection.

2020 City Ratings: Safety

June 9th, 2020

Due to the constantly changing dimensions of the COVID-19 crisis, we encourage you to follow all current CDC guidelines as well as local travel advisories and recommendations. Take care of yourselves and loved ones. We’re all in this together. ...

World Bicycle Day is June 3.

Celebrating The Rise of Bicycling

June 3rd, 2020

Due to the constantly changing dimensions of the COVID-19 crisis, we encourage you to follow all current CDC guidelines as well as local travel advisories and recommendations. Take care of yourselves and loved ones. We’re all in this together. ...

Bike commuter going by a lake

Prioritizing Bikes in Post-Pandemic Policies in Washington, D.C.

May 21st, 2020

Regulations and policies for essential business and other activities are changing rapidly county-by-county, state-by-state and at the federal level. PeopleForBikes is continuing to advocate for bikes nationally and pulling together resources to offer you, your business and your bike riding some much ...

Two riders on a trail

E-Bike Pilot Programs Can Inform Data-Driven Policy Making

May 20th, 2020

On Thursday, May 14, PeopleForBikes hosted an industry webinar, Using pilot programs to navigate e-bike use on the trail, where both members of the bike industry and land managers learned more about the use of e-bike pilot programs to inform data-driven e-bike management decisions. ...

Medical professional using a bike lane to get around town

The Importance of Bikes in the Future of Urban Mobility

May 19th, 2020

Due to the constantly changing dimensions of the COVID-19 crisis, we encourage you to follow all current CDC guidelines as well as local travel advisories and recommendations. Take care of yourselves and loved ones. We’re all in this together. ...

E-bikers in high desert

How You Can Help Improve E-bike Access Across the nation

May 7th, 2020

Federal land management agencies have historically defined electric bicycles (e-bikes) as motor vehicles and therefore restrict their usage in many of the places we love to ride bikes on public lands. These long-standing laws do not recognize what a modern day, low speed e-bike is and the benefits i ...

Mountain biker in a meadow

Some Good News for Bicycling

May 1st, 2020

This op-ed was written by PeopleForBikes COO Jenn Dice for Bicycle Retailer and Industry News. View the original story here. ...

Together We Rise quickly responded to the COVID crisis to help solve problems for displaced youth.

How COVID-19 Has Impacted the Foster Care Community and What Bikes Can Do to Help

April 30th, 2020

In a time of crisis, the bicycle shines bright as a potential solution. For the large group of individuals living within the foster care community, the bike can mean the difference between personal independence and feeling trapped within the pressures of our current situation. ...

A young rider takes a moment to enjoy nature.

An Earth Day Different From the Rest

April 21st, 2020

Due to the constantly changing dimensions of the COVID-19 crisis, we encourage you to follow all current CDC guidelines as well as local travel advisories and recommendations. Take care of yourselves and loved ones. We’re all in this together.  ...

Safe cycling is possible during COVID-19.

Safe Cycling During Social Distancing

April 16th, 2020

Due to the constantly changing dimensions of the COVID-19 crisis, we encourage you to follow all current CDC guidelines as well as local travel advisories and recommendations. Take care of yourselves and loved ones. We’re all in this together.  ...

Bike-oriented image

Study Finds Bike Lanes Can Provide Positive Economic Impact in Cities

April 15th, 2020

According to a new study released by Portland State University’s Transportation Research and Education Center in Oregon, bicycle lanes and infrastructure can produce tangible economic benefits for cities. ...

Biking in Colorado.

Pedaling Through The Pandemic: Staff Rides

April 15th, 2020

While we’re working from home, PeopleForBikes staff members have found a multitude of ways to stay mentally and physically active. We’ve done puzzles, walked our dogs, walked our dogs again, started doing at-home yoga classes, learned new recipes — did we mention puzzles? Despite all of the day-to-d ...

The U.S. Capitol Building

What a $2 Trillion Federal Stimulus Package Means for You and Your Business

March 27th, 2020

PeopleForBikes is closely monitoring the consequences of COVID-19 on the health and economic security of the United States, especially for those in and around the bicycle industry. We are working hard in Washington, D.C., where relief packages that could benefit bicycling are rapidly moving through ...

Capitol building

What a $2 Trillion Federal Stimulus Package Means for You and Your Business

March 23rd, 2020

PeopleForBikes is closely monitoring the consequences of COVID-19 on the health and economic security of the United States, especially for those in and around the bicycle industry. We are working hard in Washington, D.C., where relief packages that could benefit bicycling are rapidly moving through ...

Commuters biking in bike lanes.

Riding More Now? Just Starting? We’re Here to Help

March 20th, 2020

Social distancing measures are taking public transit and rideshare out of the equation for many commuters. More people are riding bikes now, and not just to work. Here’s some helpful tips for those looking to go by bike in the weeks ahead. ...

Delicate arch
Biking in Paris

How Paris Raised Bike Ridership 54 Percent in One Year

March 5th, 2020

As a part of the French government’s mission to combat climate change, Parisian Mayor Anne Hidalgo announced her Plan Velo in 2015. The specific goals: double cycling lanes in the city from 700km to 1,400km by the end of 2020 and triple the number of cycling commuters by 2024. While the increased la ...

Outdoor Retailer isn’t just a place to see next year’s drool-worthy outdoor gear. It’s also a space for outdoor industry leaders to meet and talk about many of the major issues facing the industry.

America Is Becoming an Indoor Nation: What Can We Do About It?

February 18th, 2020

Over the last week of January, a number of PeopleForBikes staff attended the Outdoor Retailer Snow Show in Denver. In addition to being a convention center packed full of next year’s drool-worthy outdoor gear, it’s also one of the largest national gatherings of outdoor industry professionals, provid ...

Bike-oriented image

A Dozen Bucket List Rides for 2021

January 28th, 2020

We hope you’re gearing up to take some great rides in 2021. From oceanside coastal rides in the Pacific Northwest to gravel epics in Colorado to country road cruises in New York, we’ve compiled a list of 12 can’t-miss rides from 2020. Our new Ride Spot app will get you to each and guide you to great ...

Child biking to school with backpack

Tariff relief for kids’ bikes – a big win for young riders, family budgets and the bike industry

January 23rd, 2020

Our goal at PeopleForBikes is to get more people riding bikes more often. Usually, this means working with communities, states, or the federal government to provide safer, more accessible places to ride so that every American has the opportunity and ability to bike where they live. ...

Bike-oriented image

Bike Rider Safety: Thoughts on the National Transportation Safety Board Recommendations

January 23rd, 2020

Bike rider safety moved to the front of the national transportation policy debate in November 2019 when the National Transportation Safety Board (NTSB) commissioned its first study on bicycling safety in 47 years. ...

eMTB in desert setting

Bureau of Reclamation’s emerging e-bike policies

January 4th, 2020

Thanks to the Department of Interior’s Secretarial Order 3376, more places to ride an e-bike are around the corner. The Bureau of Reclamation (BOR) was one of four federal agencies instructed to update their e-bike policy for their recreational areas in August 2019. ...

eMTB in forest setting

Riding on BLM lands? What you need to know

December 18th, 2019

On Oct. 22, 2019, the Bureau of Land Management (BLM) implemented the Department of Interior’s Secretarial Order 3376 with its interim electric bicycle (e-bike) policy. ...

2019 VoteForBikes Results Map

Voters Approve Bike Funding Nationally at the Ballot Box

November 26th, 2019

In 2019, voters across the country supported bikes at the ballot box. From funding for bike lanes to new trails, it’s clear that Americans want to improve places to ride bikes. ...

eMTB couple in desert setting

Department of Interior Agencies Issue Interim E-bike Policies

November 8th, 2019

On Oct. 22, The U.S. Department of Interior issued a press release regarding Secretarial Order 3376. The statement provided an update on the order’s directive for the Bureau of Land Management (BLM), Bureau of Reclamation (BOR), Fish and Wildlife Service (FWS) and the National Park Service (NPS) to ...

Leaders from ten different bicycle companies joined PeopleForBikes in Washington DC to advocate for bike infrastructure funding.

PeopleForBikes Connects Bike Executives with Federal Lawmakers

November 4th, 2019

On Wednesday, Oct. 30, PeopleForBikes hosted bicycle industry leaders from across the nation in Washington, D.C. to advance the industry’s priorities at the federal level. Through our executive fly-ins, business owners become policy leaders, and show lawmakers the connection between ridership, busin ...

eMTB in desert setting

E-Bikes Can Now Access 200+ National Wildlife Refuges

October 23rd, 2019

On Oct. 22, The U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service (FWS) announced its policy for electric bicycle (e-bike) use on National Wildlife Refuge System Lands. Director’s Order 222 is in response to the Department of Interior Secretary David Bernhardt’s Aug. 29 Secretarial Order 3376 directing the Bureau of L ...

Marketing Director Jose Maldonado

PeopleForBikes Welcomes New Marketing Director Jose Maldonado

October 8th, 2019

Jose Maldonado, a widely respected marketing leader forBackcountry.com and Competitive Cyclist (CC), will join the PeopleForBikes (PFB) staff team Oct. 14 as marketing director. Maldonado was selected from a pool of 250 applicants. He will guide all of PFB’s marketing projects, including the further ...

Congressman Peter DeFazio (OR-04) enjoys a bike ride with Bike Friday and Eugene Electric Bicycles. Source: Jarl Berg, Bike Friday.

Bike Businesses Roll Out the Welcome Mat for Congressional Leaders

September 13th, 2019

Taking advantage of the annual summer recess in D.C., PeopleForBikes arranged five August in-district meetings between bike business leaders and members of Congress (and their staffers) to talk infrastructure funding, public lands policies and tariff relief. Members of the House and Senate were invi ...

Bike peloton going through urban area

New California Law Provides Funding for E-bike Purchases

September 11th, 2019

On Friday, Sept. 6, California’s Governor Gavin Newsom signed Senate Bill 400 (SB 400) into law. This bill provides funding for low-income and disadvantaged communities to purchase an e-bike or use a bikeshare program, making e-bikes and bikeshares more accessible means of transportation. ...

Mountain bikes on sunny path in forest

Keeping Momentum Alive for Recreation 2.0

July 19th, 2019

Across most of America, the snow has melted, the sun is shining, and here at PeopleForBikes, we can’t get enough rides out on our public lands to soak in it all. We’re on two wheels celebrating and enjoying the success of the public lands package (the John D. Dingell Jr. Conservation, Management, an ...

Woman on e-bike with her kids

22 States Now Follow the Three Class E-bike System, Doubling Total in Six Months

July 19th, 2019

2019 started with 11 states using the model three-class e-bike definitions. As of June 19, 22 states now define e-bikes within the three classes, effectively doubling the total in just six months. These eleven new states are: Georgia, Idaho, Indiana, Maine, Maryland, New Hampshire, New Jersey, Oklah ...

Courtney Williams.

How to Grow the Bike Community: 3 Ideas from Bicycle Advocacy Consultant Courtney Williams

June 20th, 2019

At PeopleForBikes, we believe we can all do more to grow the cycling community. We’ve been doing the work for nearly 20 years and we want to keep the momentum going. We’re committed to improving inclusiveness in our messaging, broadening the audiences we reach, and increasing our staff diversity. Jo ...

The 2019 PeopleForBikes women's fly-in.

Bike Industry Leaders Roll into Washington for Women’s Fly-in

June 17th, 2019

Earlier this month, 24 women representing the U.S. bike industry converged in Washington, D.C., for the annual PeopleForBikes women’s fly-in. Our largest fly-in yet presented a valuable opportunity to work with industry peers to promote federal funding for bike infrastructure policies. ...

Provincetown, Massachusetts.

Unlock Your Community’s Potential Using the Bicycle Network Analysis

June 12th, 2019

How can you get a more detailed picture of the bike network in your town or city? Help us help you by improving the accuracy of the The Bicycle Network Analysis. Your input aids us in making sure that the constantly evolving and improving BNA project is a useful tool that provides actionable insight ...

Beth Morford.

How to Grow the Bike Community: 3 Ideas from Bike Shop Owner Beth Morford

June 12th, 2019

At PeopleForBikes, we believe we can all do more to grow the cycling community. We’ve been doing the work for nearly 20 years and we want to keep the momentum going. We’re committed to improving inclusiveness in our messaging, broadening the audiences we reach, and increasing our staff diversity. Jo ...

Halsey-Weidler Streetscape Project.

Protected Bike Lanes Make Northeast Portland Safer and More Inviting

June 10th, 2019

How can a city stimulate the local economy and create a safer neighborhood? Northeast Portland is proving that protected bike lanes do both. ...

James Huang.

How to Grow the Bike Community: 3 Ideas from Cycling Tips Editor James Huang

June 5th, 2019

At PeopleForBikes, we believe we can all do more to grow the cycling community. We’ve been doing the work for nearly 20 years and we want to keep the momentum going. We’re committed to improving inclusiveness in our messaging, broadening the audiences we reach, and increasing our staff diversity. Jo ...

Chantal Hardy.

How to Grow the Bike Community: 3 Ideas from Bike Advocate Chantal Hardy

May 30th, 2019

At PeopleForBikes, we believe we can all do more to grow the cycling community. We’ve been doing the work for nearly 20 years and we want to keep the momentum going. We’re committed to improving inclusiveness in our messaging, broadening the audiences we reach, and increasing our staff diversity. Jo ...

A family takes a bike ride together.

Growing Youth Participation: How Do We Get More Kids on Bikes?

May 23rd, 2019

Last month, PeopleForBikes hosted a DRAFT event — our industry meetup series — during the Bicycle Leadership Conference in Monterey, California. Speakers focused on discussing strategies for increasing youth participation in outdoor and physical activities, sharing their experience and knowledge wit ...

Max Fennell, Santa Cruz 70.3.

How to Grow the Bike Community: 3 Ideas from Top Triathlete Max Fennell

May 16th, 2019

At PeopleForBikes, we believe we can all do more to grow the cycling community. We’ve been doing the work for nearly 20 years and we want to keep the momentum going. We’re committed to improving inclusiveness in our messaging, broadening the audiences we reach, and increasing our staff diversity. Jo ...

Woman biking in front of a bus, Credit: Colin Czerwinski/Unsplash

Building for Tomorrow

May 15th, 2019

“Infrastructure Week” may not be the most alluring phrase you’ll ever read, but it certainly is one of the most important. Infrastructure is the framework on which our nation operates — the networks of highways, streets and roads that connect us to jobs, businesses and our homes; the trails and path ...

Seattle, Washington.

2019 Most Complete Network Scores

May 14th, 2019

Network is the category that cities have the most direct influence on — the one where big changes can actually be made. A more complete network leads to a higher level of safety and more ridership. Building a complete low-stress network is not fast or easy work. It’s not just sharrows and paint. It’ ...

San Diego’s J Street.

2019 Safest Cities

May 13th, 2019

The characteristics of any sized city that scores well in Safety are people feeling safe, low fatality rates and low rates of injuries from traffic crashes. We know that more people ride — specifically more women ride — when they not only are safe, but also feel safe. Overall, a high safety score re ...

We Bike NYC.
Fort Collins, Colorado e-trike demo.

The Power of E-Bikes in Fort Collins, Colorado

May 9th, 2019

One way that any community can improve biking is to encourage more people to ride. Slow-roll events and demos allow people to try something they’ve never done before — and that they might be intimidated about — in a safe environment. ...

Marley Blonsky

How to Grow the Bike Community: 3 Ideas from Marley Blonsky

May 8th, 2019

At PeopleForBikes, we believe we can all do more to grow the cycling community. We’ve been doing the work for nearly 20 years, and are proud of our Better Bikeshare partnership. But we want to keep the momentum going. We’re committed to improving inclusiveness in our messaging, broadening the audien ...

Overall Winners 2019 City Ratings

2019 City Ratings: Top Overall Cities

May 5th, 2019

We’re pleased to release the 2019 PlacesForBikes City Ratings. Overall this year we saw a much higher rate of participation in our Community Survey and City Snapshot. This means we collected better data and have an improved picture of bicycling in the United States. ...

Gloria Liu.

How to Grow the Bike Community: 3 Ideas from Gloria Liu

May 2nd, 2019

At PeopleForBikes, we believe we can all do more to grow the cycling community. We’ve been doing the work for nearly 20 years and we want to keep the momentum going. We’re committed to improving inclusiveness in our messaging, broadening the audiences we reach, and increasing our staff diversity. Jo ...

New Spring Street bike lanes.

Two-Way Protected Bike Lane Critical Link in LA’s Downtown Bike Network

May 2nd, 2019

The newly opened Spring Street two-way protected bike lane is the first half of a project that will provide a major north-south connector for downtown Los Angeles this year. Collectively called the Main & Spring Forward Project, both streets will connect to 11th, which has a new green bike lane goin ...

Tamika Butler

How to Grow the Bike Community: 3 Ideas from Tamika Butler

April 25th, 2019

At PeopleForBikes, we believe we can all do more to grow the cycling community. We’ve been doing the work for nearly 20 years and we want to keep the momentum going. We’re committed to improving inclusiveness in our messaging, broadening the audiences we reach, and increasing our staff diversity. Jo ...

Ayesha McGowan.

How to Grow the Bike Community: 3 Ideas from Athlete and Advocate Ayesha McGowan

April 19th, 2019

At PeopleForBikes, we believe we can all do more to grow the cycling community. We’ve been doing the work for nearly 20 years and we want to keep the momentum going. We’re committed to improving inclusiveness in our messaging, broadening the audiences we reach, and increasing our staff diversity. Jo ...

Retailers can help grow ridership.

How bicycle retailers can help grow ridership: foster the community

April 10th, 2019

Creating and marketing safe, convenient places to ride isn’t just good for the community, it also boosts a bicycle retailer’s bottom line. Sales increase when cities make streets, paths and trails better for people on bikes. In fact, we know that retail sales through the Independent Bicycle Dealer c ...

New Orleans.

New Orleans’ Connect the Crescent: Final Report

April 3rd, 2019

Last year, local advocacy organization Bike Easy, the City of New Orleans, and other community partners installed Connect the Crescent, a three-month demonstration project that added 3.5 miles of protected bikeways, improvements for people walking and taking transit, art installations, and open stre ...

Bike lane and speed limit sign

Speed Limits Directly Impact the Quality of a Bicycle Network

March 29th, 2019

Starting this year, the BNA no longer assumes that all residential streets are set at a 25 mph speed limit. Unless updates are made in OpenStreetMap, the BNA now assumes speed limits according to the street type, and state laws. We’ve recently identified 10 states that have residential street speed ...

Youth Bike Summit: Members of Bici.
Kids riding down the street, Source: Norte, Beth Price.

How to Get Kids Involved: Be Flexible, Be Creative

March 4th, 2019

Start with an idea, and just let it keep growing. When Ty Schmidt’s oldest son started elementary school, Ty was bothered by the ordeal of dropping him off in the morning, and the fact that no one was riding a bike or walking. He decided there was another way. Ty and his wife Johanna started a routi ...

E-biker going across a field

Wyoming Lawmakers Pass E-bike Bill

February 22nd, 2019

UPDATE 2/26: On Tuesday, Feb. 26, Governor Gordon signed the e-bike bill into law.  ...

A bicycle commuter.

Bike Commuting: Growing or Shrinking in the United States?

January 23rd, 2019

Data can be used to tell a number of different stories. But statistics from short periods of time are often unstable, if not unreliable. What we know is that in places committed to and producing better bike infrastructure, the number of people on bikes has increased across the board. ...

Riding Rebecca's Private Idaho in Ketchum, Idaho.

A Dozen (Plus One) Bucket List Rides for 2019

January 10th, 2019

Great bike rides can start anywhere, but sometimes it’s worth the extra travel to race to a backdrop of breathtaking coastal landscapes, glorious mountain peaks or rugged desert terrain. We’ve highlighted 13 bike events that we think are worth the trip in 2019 — including some old favorites. ...

Biking to Work in Fort Collins

Fort Collins’ Programming Shines

January 7th, 2019

Fort Collins, Colorado, is working full speed ahead toward a more complete network, with even more people on bikes. In addition to new infrastructure on the ground, they’ve also focused on outreach and programming. Tessa Greegor, manager of FC Bikes, says that the outreach is really the activation p ...

City Ratings infographic.

Biking in the US: 2018

December 28th, 2018

The PlacesForBikes City Ratings provide a data-driven picture of what it’s like to ride bikes in the US — with a focus on what we can do to improve the experience. We look at all aspects of bike riding: from safety, to how smoothly a bike network connects people to the places they want to go, to how ...

Biking in Baltimore

Making Changes Takes Support

December 27th, 2018

PFB’s Big Jump Project continues to provide resources for cities pushing boundaries to accelerate the rate of change. This year, our collaboration with local governments and non-profit organizations yielded big results in a handful of cities. ...

Electric mountain biking is growing in popularity. (Source: Pinkbike; Ben Winder.)

The 11 Best E-Bike Stories of 2018

December 27th, 2018

Whether regaling friends with tales from a recent international bike tour, or engaging in passionate debate at a town hall meeting, people have a lot to say about to e-bikes. We’re no exception: We love sharing success stories of passing progressive, three-class e-bike laws in new states (eleven and ...

Biking in Seattle.

America’s 10 Best New Bikeways of 2018

December 18th, 2018

Since we first started our annual look back at great new bikeways five years ago, we’ve noticed an evolution in progress. First, bike infrastructure has continued to make its way from the big cities to smaller towns and communities. Next, networks have become better connected — more complete. Also, ...

(From left) Steve Heal, Wheat Ridge Cyclery; Annie Larson, regional director for U.S. Senator Cory Gardner; and PeopleForBikes government relations coordinator Jordan Trout meet to discuss how current federal legislation affects bike businesses.

Colorado Bike Retailer Hosts Staff of U.S. Senator

December 18th, 2018

In early November, Wheat Ridge Cyclery hosted members from the staff of U.S. Senator Cory Gardner (R-CO). The Denver-area bike shop is known for its wide-ranging inventory, selling everything from cruisers to highly technical mountain bikes. Gardner’s staff — including Regional Director Annie Larson ...

Mike Bagg preps for practices in the team room at Yucaipa High School in Southern California.

Chasing Youth (on an eMTB)

December 12th, 2018

When I started coaching high school mountain bike racing, I was 39 and fairly fast. I could keep the elite high school riders in my sights. Nine years later, with more coaching wisdom, experience and patience than ever, I can’t even ride alongside half the team to offer advice or keep riders within ...

Biking the Indianapolis Cultural Trail.

Mobility for All

December 11th, 2018

Most Americans drive cars to work only to sit at a desk all day with little activity required. No wonder we don’t get enough exercise. This has been true for a long time, but there is a solution, and it’s linked to infrastructure. Instead of trying to figure out when and how to get to the gym more o ...

Jason Rogers, Air Force veteran, rides to raise money for the Wounded Warrior Project. (Source: U.S. Air Force photo/Airman 1st Class Jarrod Grammel.)

Empowering Veterans Through Outdoor Recreation

December 6th, 2018

UPDATE: In September 2020, amid hyper-partisan divide and national unrest, the U.S. House of Representatives approved the Accelerating Veterans Recovery Outdoors Act as part of a broader package addressing veterans' health and well-being. PeopleForBikes, along with our partners in recreation and vet ...

Members of Pittsburgh Youth Leadership gather for a summertime ride. PYL riders joined 12 members of Congregation Dor Hadash for a Solidarity Ride in November, touring 60 miles of the Great Allegheny Passage.

Pittsburgh Youth Host Solidarity Ride Following Tree of Life shooting

December 5th, 2018

On Sunday, November 18, twelve members of Congregation Dor Hadash and 6 members of the Pittsburgh Youth Leadership group set out for a 60-mile bike ride from Pittsburgh to Connellsville on the Great Allegheny Passage. Our fearless leader, Mark, assured us it was only 50 miles, the wind would be at o ...

Troy Wells competes in a — very muddy — USA Cycling National Championships for Team Clif Bar. (Photo: Dylan Seguin; courtesy of Troy Wells.)

Pros Dish the Dirt on Winter Bike Racing

November 30th, 2018

Thanksgiving is past, holiday decorations brighten dark winter days, snow dusts towns across the nation — and many bike riders are hanging up their helmets and spandex for the season. But for some bike racers, the fun is just beginning: Cyclocross season is in full swing and landmark mountain bike e ...

Painting a bike lane in Memphis.

European Strategies on Rural Memphis Streets

November 21st, 2018

Going to the Netherlands on a study tour to learn about bike infrastructure is exciting and inspiring. At times, it’s also overwhelming — especially when the infrastructure at home seems far from ideal. How do you even start making improvements? ...

Electric mountain bike racing is growing in popularity. (Source: Bosch eBike Systems.)

A New Racing Class

November 20th, 2018

For mountain bikers who want to compete, half the challenge is choosing which races to do. From the local XC series to multi-day stage races abroad, there are disciplines and a destinations for every rider. Electric mountain bike (eMTB) options are also beginning to appear on the race calendar: a se ...

Biking in Providence.

In Providence, City Development Relies on Bikes

November 20th, 2018

Cities evolve. Like people, they grow and change. Providence, Rhode Island, is one place undergoing serious and exciting changes, many of which have to do with bike infrastructure and bike sharing. ...

Washington Avenue, Minneapolis – our No. 8 pick from 2017.

Call for Submissions: America’s Best New Bikeways of 2018

November 15th, 2018

Cities are dynamic entities. If you look at photos from 100 years ago, most city streets have undergone serious transformation. While preserving history is important, places also need revisions and revitalization to accommodate modern populations. ...

Mountain biker in pine forest

PeopleForBikes — and public lands, too

November 12th, 2018

You won’t be surprised to learn that the PeopleForBikes team is comprised of bike enthusiasts who love to ride scenic roads, explore mountain trails and venture into the backcountry. It also shouldn’t come as a surprise that our love of bikes goes hand in hand with a passion for the outdoors. Our co ...

A worker commutes on an e-bike.
A section of the Chesapeake & Ohio Towpath in Georgetown, D.C. (Source: Wayne Hsieh; Flickr.)

Virginia’s Fastest-Growing County Makes Room for Bicycles

November 7th, 2018

fficially, Loudoun County’s motto, “I byde my time,” comes from the family coat of arms of John Campbell, the fourth Earl of Loudoun and a commander of British forces in North America. Until recently, it was also a fitting description of the region’s approach to bike infrastructure. ...

Indoor biking classes are a great way to keep cycling in the winter months.

Seven Ways to Maintain Your Bike Fitness This Winter

November 1st, 2018

When snow-packed roads and single-digit temperatures keep you off your bike, maintaining fitness requires some creativity. We’ve compiled our favorite ways to raise your heart rate and get your legs moving during the chilliest parts of the year. ...

Mountain biking in the west. Source: Greg Rakozy; Unsplash.

A bipartisan effort to increase funding for recreational trails

November 1st, 2018

This post was originally released by the Coalition for Recreational Trails. ...

Biking in Memphis.

Cities on the Rise

October 23rd, 2018

A handful of U.S. cities consistently top the bike-friendly rankings, but some unexpected places are also rising through the ranks. A pack of upstart cities — including Memphis, Tennessee; Las Vegas, Nevada; and Ferndale, Michigan — are speeding toward better biking futures and could challenge bette ...

The US Pro Road Race National Championships on June 24, 2018 in Knoxville, Tennessee. (Source: United Healthcare Pro Cycling/Jonathan Devich; featured image source: United Healthcare Pro Cycling/Danny Munson.)

From Mentee to Mentor: Lauren Hall Reflects on Her Professional Cycling Career

October 10th, 2018

Lauren Hall didn’t grow up with a bike, and didn’t get into cycling until after college. Her first exposure to professional riding came as a result of some crafty Googling by a friend, who found a team offering guests spots for a race. Though Hall entered the sport through a less traditional avenue ...

Riders in the Hindukush MTB Challenge.

Racing in Dara-e Azhdahar: Mountain Biking Gains Popularity in Afghanistan

October 5th, 2018

At 8,300 feet above sea level, the yellow-rock canyons of Dara-e Azhdahar (“Dragon Valley”) provide a stark yet stunning backdrop for visitors in the Bamiyan Province of central Afghanistan. Last Friday, Sept. 28, locals gathered in the canyon to watch one of the country’s first-ever mountain bike r ...

Electric bikes make long-distance tours accessible to a broader audience.

Taking the Scenic Route: Long-Distance E-Bike Adventures

October 4th, 2018

Pedaling along city paths or winding country roads, bicycle tourists are rewarded with unique vantage points and stunning views — it’s a travel experience unlike any other. And, as networks of bike trails continue to expand and connect, more journeys destinations than ever are safely accessible by b ...

Biking in Alexandria’s Jones Point Park.

America’s Best Medium Cities for Biking

October 2nd, 2018

Some of the very best cities for bicycling in the nation are relatively compact —that’s one of the findings from the PlacesForBikes City Ratings, a data-driven comparison of cities based on factors such as the connectivity of their networks, cities’ investment in growing bicycling, ridership and saf ...

eMTB riding in a pine forest

The Results are In: The US Outdoor Industry is an Economic Powerhouse

September 27th, 2018

Just how big is the outdoor industry? In 2016, the outdoor recreation economy represented $412 billion, 2.2 percent of the U.S. gross domestic product and 4.5 million jobs. It’s a big economy — and it’s getting bigger. ...

Building better bike networks isn’t always about securing more funding — sometimes it’s about making better use of the funds you have.

For Many States, Budget Mismanagement Blocks Bike Projects

September 26th, 2018

Bike infrastructure delays tend to be blamed on a lack of funding, but there’s often more to the story. Even when funds are made available, states must follow through to ensure that the money is actually used. ...

Volunteers paint “sharrows” onto a street in New Orleans to help mark bike routes. (Source: Bike Easy.)

New Orleans’ Growing Bike Culture

September 18th, 2018

New Orleans is known more for its beignets than its biking. But that could soon change. The city is making strides toward building out a connected network and engaging citizens in a burgeoning bike culture that’s as colorful as a Mardi Gras parade. ...

Water bottle tops and zee cages are among the products designated for tariff relief.

Amidst Trade War, Some Good News on Tariffs

September 18th, 2018

Despite newly implemented tariff increases on e-bikes imported from China and recently confirmed tariff increases on Chinese bicycle products, there’s good news on the trade front. ...

Biking in Washington, DC

America’s Best Large Cities for Biking

September 14th, 2018

What does it take to stand out as one of the nation’s best biking cities? We looked at our top-scoring large cities in the PlacesForBikes City Ratings — Portland, Oregon; Tucson, Arizona; San Diego, California; Madison, Wisconsin; and Washington, D.C. — to find out. ...

Mother, daughter and grandmother take in the scenery at Capitol Reef National Park. Source: Ian D. Keating; Flickr.

Every Kid Outdoors Act Passes House of Representatives

September 13th, 2018

Our public lands are some of the best venues for children to experience the outdoors and outdoor recreation. A new program may soon be available to help more kids visit and experience our public lands — including exploration by bike. ...

U.S. Representative Mike Thompson is an avid cyclist.

Giant USA Rides with Rep. Mike Thompson

September 10th, 2018

U.S. Representative Mike Thompson (D-CA-5) isn’t just a bike supporter — he’s a rider, racer and enthusiast. Last week, Rep. Thompson arrived at Giant USA offices north of Los Angeles “with an eagerness and excitement we’ve all felt entering a cool bike shop — eager to see the latest and greatest mo ...

Martin and Libby Rose pose during an e-bike tour in Hawaii.

How E-Bikes are Changing the Active Travel Business

August 22nd, 2018

Nothing beats exploring new places from the seat of a bicycle. But when health issues made it difficult for my wife to bike, we thought our bike touring days were over. Then we discovered e-bikes. They’ve been a total game changer, opening the door to active travel opportunities that otherwise would ...

Bike-oriented image

Long Island Bike Path Will Be a Science Lover’s Dream Ride

August 20th, 2018

In 2012, cartoonist Matthew Inman, creator of The Oatmeal, heard that a nonprofit organization in Suffolk County, New York, was raising money to buy Serbian-American scientist Nikola Tesla’s last remaining laboratory. If the organization could raise $850,000, New York State would match the funds, gi ...

Biking in Providence

Providence Uses Creative Outreach to Build Support for Better Biking

August 10th, 2018

How can a city build community support for a sweeping overhaul of its streetscape that spans eight diverse neighborhoods, crosses private property and lays down a network of protected bike lanes? ...

Courtesy of Advanced Sports Enterprises.

Rep. Boyle talks tariffs with Advanced Sports Enterprises

August 7th, 2018

On Thursday, Aug. 7,  U.S. Representative Brendan Boyle (D-PA-13) visited Advanced Sports Enterprises (ASE) headquarters in Northeast Philadelphia. His timing was perfect. Rep. Boyle’s visit came just days after the Trump administration announced they are considering increasing a proposed tariff on ...

Biking in Baltimore

Bikes Score in Baltimore

August 6th, 2018

After recent bicycling infrastructure setbacks, Baltimore scored a big win for accessibility and connectivity. ...

Biking in Modesto, California.

Becoming a Bike Town: Modesto’s Cruising Culture Redefined

July 23rd, 2018

In 2015, Streetsblog asked if Modesto, California — the inspiration for “American Graffiti,” George Lucas’ celebration of cruising culture — could become a model for a bicycle-friendly city. ...

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Map of existing and proposed bike routes in Missouri.

Could Northern Missouri Become the Midwest’s Next Great Bicycling Destination?

June 28th, 2018

Brent Hugh couldn’t quite believe what he was seeing. ...

Woman adjusting her bike in front of a retail shop

Proposed Tariff Increases Mean Bad News for E-bikes

June 28th, 2018

E-bikes are the fastest-growing segment of bicycle sales in the United States. During the last 12 months, e-bike unit sales jumped 112 percent.* Ridership and engagement is increasing, and people across most demographics are using e-bikes to replace motor vehicle trips or augment existing bicycle tr ...

Biking in the Netherlands

More Great Places to Read about Dutch Biking Wisdom

June 11th, 2018

All good things come to an end. Last week’s study tour is done and almost all of us have headed home. ...

Representative Julia Brownley (D-CA-26) checks out the Giant Propel Advanced SL Disc at Giant’s U.S. headquarters in Newbury Park, California.

California Congresswoman Julia Brownley visits Giant USA

June 11th, 2018

This May, U.S. Representative Julia Brownley (D-CA-26) and members of her staff visited Giant Bicycles’ United States headquarters in Newbury Park, California. Brownley, who sits on the House Transportation and Infrastructure Committee, toured the Giant facility with An Le, global marketing director ...

Biking in the Netherlands

The Best-Kept Secret of Dutch Biking: The Dutch Hardly Bike at All

June 11th, 2018

Here is perhaps the most shocking chart in all of Dutch transportation: ...

Parking at Amsterdam Central Station. Credit: Jonathan Maus/BikePortland.

Bike and Transit Together Tackle Cars

June 8th, 2018

If you’re not putting transit connections at the heart of your bike planning, you’re not doing it right. ...

Parking at Amsterdam Central station.

Chart: Bike and Transit are Better than Driving … When They Team Up

June 8th, 2018

If you’re not putting transit connections at the heart of your bike planning, you’re not doing it right. ...

This bike path is the main east-west thoroughfare through downtown Houten, between the library and City Hal.

Suburbia Reimagined: An Afternoon in Houten, Netherlands

June 6th, 2018

Dutch cities are famous for re-orienting their larger cities around bicycle transportation since the 1970s. What’s somewhat less known is that some of their newer suburban communities have never been auto-oriented. ...

Electric mountain bikes are becoming a popular summer option at ski resorts.

Electric Mountain Bikes at Ski Areas

June 6th, 2018

After brief seasonal hiatus, many ski area chair lifts are about to start spinning again. Lift-serviced bike parks continue to grow in popularity, both with summer ski area tourists and locals who use the parks to hone their skills. While most users prefer the unique geometry and suspension of downh ...

No driveways = no midblock turns = safer, smoother, greener streets.

Den Bosch Keeps its Arterials Tidy with Low-Stress Access Roads

June 6th, 2018

Here’s a small but effective way to solve one of the biggest problems with arterial streets. ...

The parking garage at Amsterdam Centraal train station.

A Week of Great Ideas from the Netherlands

June 5th, 2018

Welcome to the Netherlands: 17 million people, 22.5 million bicycles. ...

Ryan Miller (Shimano), Mike Delano (Giant), Saul Leiken (Specialized), Mike Olson (Trek Superstore), Bob Margevicius (Specialized) outside of Sen. Martin Heinrich (D-NM) office.

The Bike Industry Takes to Capitol Hill to Support Recreation Not Red Tape

June 4th, 2018

PeopleForBikes led a group of 12 influential leaders from the $88 billion bike industry to Capitol Hill this week in support of the Recreation Not Red Tape Act. This bill aims to improve and break down the barriers to recreational riding opportunities on our public lands. ...

PeopleForBikes Congressional Bike Fest

PeopleForBikes Holds Second Annual Congressional Bike Fest

June 4th, 2018

They came for the tacos, but they stayed for the bikes. ...

An ambitious route plan.

Five Ways to Optimize Your Bike Commute

May 18th, 2018

Whether you’re just starting out as a bike commuter, or an old hand at it, there are always things you can do to make your ride smoother. There are steps you can take before you leave, small improvements you can make to your bike, and gear that will prepare you for the elements. We asked our friends ...

A doctor commutes to work by bicycle.

Three Ways to Make the Bike to Work Case to Your Boss

May 11th, 2018

We’re celebrating National Bike to Work Day on May 18, but in our opinion most days could be bike to work day—you just need to get the right people on board. Leadership from the top is important in any workplace, and having your boss or HR manager promote biking to work could be the jumpstart your c ...

Center for Neighborhood Technology vice president Jacky Grimshaw, Obama Foundation adviser Valerie Jarrett and Go Bronzeville leader Ronnie Harris in Indianapolis last week.

Chicago Biking Advocates Have Big Hopes for Valerie Jarrett and the Obama Foundation

May 7th, 2018

Chicagoans living and working on their city’s south side have fought for decades for their fair share of transportation investments. Now, with former President Barack Obama’s presidential center and foundation putting down roots in Jackson Park, some see an historic opportunity. ...

Advocating for solutions that can promote biking to work can reap major rewards.

Be a Bike to Work Ambassador

May 7th, 2018

Commuting to work by bike can be easier said than done. There can be a lot of hurdles that keep people in their cars. You can’t move people closer to work or control the weather, but that doesn’t mean you’re helpless. You can start by telling your colleagues how much better your life is as a bike-to ...

Manuel Calvo, telling Sevilla’s story in Indianapolis last week.

Six Secrets from the Man who Planned Sevilla’s Lightning Bike Network

May 7th, 2018

Here’s one way to understand the story of biking in Sevilla, Spain: It went from having about as much biking as Oklahoma City to having about as much biking as Portland, Oregon. ...

Crested Butte, Colo., population 1,604, got the nation’s No. 5 score for cities under 100,000 in the new PlacesForBikes City Ratings.

America’s Five Best Small Cities for Biking

May 3rd, 2018

Could a bunch of the country’s best cities for biking be towns that most Americans have never heard of? ...

The 10 top-scoring cities in the new PlacesForBikes city rating system.

America’s Best Places for Bikes: Our New System Rates 480 U.S. Cities

May 2nd, 2018

The future of American bicycling is already here. It’s just that some cities are living it right now, and some aren’t yet. ...

Bike sharing in Austin.

Texas Just Blew the Lid Off Campus Bike Share Launches: Three Reasons Why

April 2nd, 2018

Campus bike sharing in the United States seems to have hit a new high water mark on the flagship campus of the University of Texas. ...

Disassembled bicycle

Section 301 Tariff Investigation

March 29th, 2018

This month, the Trump administration announced two changes to trade policy that may affect a wide range of companies that manufacture or import bicycles, parts and accessories. The first change relates to new tariffs on imports of raw steel and aluminum, while the second is focused on new tariffs on ...

Mountain biking in NW Arkansas

Bicycling provides $137 million in economic benefits to northwest Arkansas

March 29th, 2018

With an increasing number of locals and tourists taking advantage of its network of natural-surface trails and shared-use paved paths, bicycling provided $137 million in economic benefits to Northwest Arkansas in 2017. According to three new studies from the Walton Family Foundation, the region has ...

Changes to trade policy may affect a wide range of companies that manufacture or import bicycles, parts and accessories.

President Makes Major Trade Announcements

March 29th, 2018

This month, the Trump administration announced two changes to trade policy that may affect a wide range of companies that manufacture or import bicycles, parts and accessories. The first change relates to new tariffs on imports of raw steel and aluminum, while the second is focused on new tariffs on ...

Bikes parked in a bikeshare stand

Omnibus Package a Big Boost for Bikes

March 28th, 2018

Congress passed a spending bill on March 23 that includes significant support for funding bike infrastructure projects across the nation. ...

Mountain biker group

Colorado Lottery Grows Bike Industry and Recreation Economy

March 27th, 2018

Like many Coloradans, I discovered myself outside. I moved here 22 years ago and immediately fell in love with the mountains and trails. From snowboarding in winter to mountain biking in summer, outdoor recreation has helped me make lifelong friendships and even meet someone always happy to join me ...

Anne Mader (The Bike Lane, Virginia), Stefan Meyer (Kent Cycle, Ohio), Noel Kegel (Wheel and Sprocket, WI and IL) and Erik Esborg (PeopleForBikes).

Bike Retailers Head to Capitol Hill to Advocate for Bike Infrastructure Funding

March 22nd, 2018

Kicking off another year of bike business leader advocacy efforts on Capitol Hill, PeopleForBikes hosted the National Bicycle Dealers Association executive fly-in on March 20 and 21. ...

7th Avenue Protected Bike Lane in Seattle. Credit: Seattle Dept. of Transportation

Four Ways to Go Beyond Bike Friendly

March 20th, 2018

Mobility and smart connections are more than just buzzwords. Even as many social and business transactions have moved online, transporting goods and people will always be fundamental to commerce. The limitations of geometry are clear: only so many cars can use highways and streets at peak hours, and ...

Todd Seliga, backcountry ranger for the Tuweep area of Grand Canyon National Park, tries out a eMTB.

eMTB Demo Program Part Three: Todd Seliga, Grand Canyon National Park

March 13th, 2018

Tucked into a far western corner of Grand Canyon National Park lies the Tuweep area, a place for remote experiences and uncrowded landscapes. Similar to the rest of the park, it offers a combination of magnificent scenery and rich history, something well worth the effort to get there. ...

Citi Bikes in New York City.

Closer to Bike Share is Better for Business

March 13th, 2018

A new study from researchers at New York University (NYU) shows that restaurants closer to bike share stations do more business than those farther away. Stansilav Sobolevsky and Constantine E. Kontokosta led the research team, using anonymized transaction data from Mastercard’s Retail Location Insig ...

Dearborn Street, Chicago.

‘Buffalo is Missing Out’: When Good Bike Cities Get Better, It Helps Everyone

March 12th, 2018

If you live in an important, underrated but perhaps economically beleaguered U.S. city, you’ve probably seen a local news website like Buffalo Rising: upbeat, opinionated and really, really into its hometown. ...

A neighborhood greenway in Portland, Oregon.

How Should Speed Limits be Set? A Powerful Committee is Asking

March 9th, 2018

This doesn’t happen very often: The obscure but hugely influential National Committee on Uniform Traffic Control Devices is asking for direct feedback from ordinary transportation pros. ...

Outside Furniture Plus on Northeast Halsey Street. Portland hopes this sidewalk-facing retail district in a suburban area will be the seed of big changes.

Bike to the Future: Portland Uses Bikes to Rethink 70 years of Strip Malls

March 7th, 2018

Portland built its fame as a U.S. bike capital on one crucial discovery: It is fairly cheap and easy to make biking desirable in neighborhoods that were originally built for horses and streetcars. ...

What Does PeopleForBikes Do, Anyway?

March 7th, 2018

You know the logo. ...

Owenhouse Bike Shop

How Better Biking Conditions Can Help Bike Shops

March 1st, 2018

“It is super simple to jump on your bike and literally ride six blocks to downtown,” says Tom Johnson, Shop Manager at Owenhouse Cycling in Bozeman, Montana. He credits a strong downtown, a small urban grid, low traffic volumes, friendly people, and the Gallagator Linear Trail with Bozeman’s easy ri ...

Before/after cross-sections of 7th Street, San Francisco.

Five Tips from SF’s Lightning-Fast, Dirt-Cheap Protected Bike Lane Projects

February 26th, 2018

If you’d like to cut the project time of a new protected bike lane by 90 percent and the cost by 75 percent, Mike Sallaberry has some advice. ...

Jardines del Valle before and after

A Secret Strength of Sevilla’s Amazing Bike Network: Legibility

February 18th, 2018

Bike wonks know Sevilla, Spain, as home to one of the fastest bike-infrastructure investments in world history. But installation speed isn’t the only lesson U.S. cities can draw from this wildly successful low-stress biking network. ...

Total Downtown Bicycle Trips

Don’t Let Anyone Tell You that Biking Can’t be Increased in a City

February 14th, 2018

Anyone who says no one knows how to rapidly boost the use of bicycles for transportation is wrong. ...

Calgary Downtown Bicycle Trips in May 2010-2107

Don’t Let Anyone Tell You that Biking Can’t Be Increased in a City

February 14th, 2018

Anyone who says no one knows how to rapidly boost the use of bicycles for transportation is wrong. ...

Show your bike some love on Valentines Day.

Show Your Bike Some Love

February 14th, 2018

Valentine’s Day isn’t everyone’s favorite. If you don’t have that special someone, you spend the whole day bombarded with lovey dovey imagery wherever you look. And if you’re lucky enough to be in a relationship, you’re under pressure to get the right gift or plan the perfect day. Our suggestion? Sk ...

Bikers in an urban bike lane

Trump and Congress Differ on Infrastructure Spending

February 12th, 2018

Today the Trump Administration rolled out its Fiscal Year 2019 budget proposal, which includes the elimination of the TIGER Program and a transportation infrastructure package that largely leaves bicycle infrastructure on the sidelines. Both proposals are expected to face significant opposition in C ...

Riding in San Juan.

Bikes Have Helped Puerto Ricans Survive Maria. Will the Habit Stick?

January 31st, 2018

The hurricane that tore across Puerto Rico on Sept. 20 led to hundreds of deaths and billions in damage. But a band of local biking advocates say one change, at least, has been for the better: It’s opened people’s minds. ...

That’s a protected bike lane behind the bus stop.

‘Floating’ Bus Stops Made of Plastic Panels Hit the Street in Oakland

January 26th, 2018

The “floating bus stop” has been part of streets around the world for years. This month, a new twist is helping it spread in the United States, too: mass production. ...

Grand Junction Off-Road, Grand Junction, CO

To Elevate the Sport, Lower the Bar

January 25th, 2018

“We broker suffering.” That’s one way Todd Sadow describes Epic Rides, the company he founded to produce mountain biking events. Epic is now in its nineteenth year of sharing the joy, as well as the pain, of mountain biking. “We give people the chance to show up at a start line where they know they ...

Rebecca's Private Idaho

A Dozen Bucket List Bike Rides for 2018

January 16th, 2018

We know that sometimes the best bike ride of your life can take place right outside your front door, on your local neighborhood streets and trails. Then there are those other times—when the wanderlust kicks in and the need to travel with your bike just overwhelms you. For those moments, here are a d ...

Riders in Seattle

2017: The Year America’s Institutions Got Into All-Ages Bike Networks

December 29th, 2017

Almost all cultural change relies on a three-step process: ...

Bikes ready for sale

Tax Cuts Will Help the Bike Biz; Loss of Commuter Benefits Will Hurt

December 20th, 2017

The new Tax Cuts and Jobs Act, soon to be signed by President Trump, will reduce federal taxes for most bike businesses. But the new legislation also eliminates the Bicycle Commuter Benefit tax credit—a pro-bike tax rule that has been in place for nine years. ...

Bikers in a bike lane.
Burr Trail in Utah’s Grand Staircase-Escalante National Monument

New Proclamations Dramatically Shrink Two National Monuments in Utah

December 4th, 2017

On Monday, December 4, President Trump visited Salt Lake City to make an unprecedented announcement regarding two National Monuments in Utah. The president signed new proclamations that will dramatically reduce the area of the Bears Ears and Grand Staircase-Escalante National Monuments. This announc ...

Bureau of Land Management land near Moab, Utah (Image: Martha Roskowski)

Recreation Not Red-Tape Act and What It Means for bikes

October 17th, 2017

The bipartisan Recreation Not Red-Tape (RNR) Act was introduced in both the U.S. House and Senate in late July by Rep. Rob Bishop (R-UT) and Sen. Ron Wyden (D-OR). It provides a plan for improving and enhancing recreation opportunities on public lands by creating a unified system of National Recreat ...

Bikers in a bike lane

Senate Eliminates Bike Tax Benefit in Tax Plan

October 14th, 2017

The U.S. Senate majority leadership removed the bike commuter benefit from the tax plan they released in late November. The bike commuter benefit is a $20-per-month tax-free reimbursement that employers can pay their employees for expenses related to bicycle commuting. ...

Lassen Volcanic National Park by Anna French (@spintheglobeproject)

An Executive Order that Could Unwind Land Protection

August 25th, 2017

The executive order mandating that the Department of the Interior review 27 of our National Monuments required a report to the White House by August 24. Yesterday, a summary of the report was released. The summary indicates that the Department will likely recommend that several of our national monum ...

Pregnant woman on bicycle

Baby on Board: 10 Tips for Riding While Pregnant

October 7th, 2014

People rarely bat an eye at women doing tree poses in yoga while seven months pregnant, but taking to two wheels with a baby on board solicits everything from cheers to disapproving looks and cautionary tales. So what does this mean for pregnant bicyclists? Does a positive pregnancy test mean hangin ...

Riding the Sugarcamp Mountain Trails in Kentucky.

Using the Land and Water Conservation Fund for Local Bike Projects

December 19th, 2020

There’s an opportunity to increase funding for cities and states to build new bike projects across the U.S. thanks to the Land and Water Conservation Fund (LWCF). The federal government fully and permanently funded the LWCF at $900 million annually when the Great American Outdoors Act became law in ...

E-Bike riders in forest setting

E-bike Access in National Parks

December 29th, 2020

On Aug. 29, Department of Interior Secretary David Bernhardt ordered the Bureau of Land Management, Bureau of Reclamation, Fish and Wildlife Service and the National Park Service (NPS) to establish interim policies within 30 days that guide the use of e-bikes on public lands. The departments were en ...

Bike-oriented image

FEDERAL AGENDA FOR ACTIVE TRANSPORTATION 2021

January 11th, 2021

When it comes to advancing pro-bike policies in 2021, we’re not waiting to get things done. ...

Bike cassette, from Wayne Bishop/Unsplash

PeopleForBikes Responds to Tariff Announcement and Timetable

March 5th, 2021

On Monday, September 17, President Trump announced tariffs on $200 billion of goods imported from China, including bicycles of all sizes, as well as many bike parts and accessories. For the bike industry, these tariffs amount to a $250 million annual tax increase. Considering that 94 percent of comp ...

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