Thursday, June 24, 20105:30 p.m.
Niche Wine & Art
1013 Main Street, Vancouver
Complimentary appetizersand no-host bar
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LegisLatiVe session Wrap Up
HUb & spoke toUr: next stop VancoUVer
The Bicycle Alliance of Washington, BikeMe! Vancouver and the VancouverBicycle Club are hosting a Hub & Spoke gathering for Vancouver/Clark Countycyclists on Thursday, June 24th at Niche Wine & Art.This outreach event coincides with a Transportation Improvement Board (TIB)meeting and Ralph Wessels, Bicycle Alliance board member and the TIB non-mo-torized board member, will be on hand to answer uestions about TIB funding for bicycle and pedestrian projects. There will also be brief presentations from local
ocials and advocates about current cycling projects and issues.
“I’ve always had a soft spot in my heart for Vancouver since 2001 when thenMayor Royce Pollard won the Bicycle Alliance’s Golden Gear Award for cyclingadvocacy,” said ED Barbara Culp. “He instilled a love of riding in the city for
families and children and since that time the city and county have made signi
-cant improvements to the roadway system. I am particularly eager to hear fromlocal advocates, to learn about the Clark County bicycle/pedestrian plan update,and hear what new great strides the City of Vancouver is planning.”The 2010 legislative session was awhirlwind of activity and the BicycleAlliance of Washington walked awaywith a victory! The Alliance and itsmembers (you!) were instrumental inpassing the cell phone and texting bill,
which goes into eect June 10. (See
sidebar for more info on this law.)“The Bicycle Alliance mobilizedcitizen support, provided connectionsto other powerful advocates,and contributed insights thatkept the campaign on a win-ning course,” stated LowellWeiss, the activist whospearheaded the Driven toDistraction campaign. “Thecycling community reallyput this bill over the top and
no group was more eective
in mobilizing cyclists as theBicycle Alliance,” he added.We also weighed in on a bill that willallow golf carts to travel on designatedstreets with speed limits of up to 25miles per hour. The Bicycle Alliance gotthe language amended to prohibit golfcarts from using signed bike lanes.Our Legislative & Statewide Issues
Commiee is meeting in Seale on June12 to review unnished priorities
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Hang Up or Pay Up!
Eective June 10, 2010, motorists inWashington State can be fned $124or texting or using a handheld cellphone while driving. No cell phoneuse is allowed or 16- and 17-year-old drivers.The Driven to Distraction Task Force,o which the Bicycle Alliance is amember, is working on an educationcampaign to get the message out.The Task Force is reviewing similarcampaigns and research around thecountry to learn about attitudes,behavior, and practices that makepositive change. For instance,several companies have developedsotware that locks a phone i youare traveling 10 miles per hour ormore. Check
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