By Susan Grasso, Complete Streets Associate
Day 1 of the LAB National Bike Summit took place on a beautiful sunny and warm day in DC with cherry blossoms abounding - a real taste of spring! I borrowed my daughter's bike for a safe and pleasant 2 mile ride to the National Union Building (which is next to the amazing National Portrait Gallery), took advantage of the League's pop up indoor valet bike parking, and began a full day of sessions in the LAB Active Transportation Leadership Institute (ATLI).
City Market Parking
On January 5th I noticed that someone had parked right in front of the bike racks at City Market. There are white parking lines there, but itshould be obvious to anyone that it is not a parking space because if someone parks there it blocks access to the bike rack. City Market could help the situation by removing the white lines and or putting up a sign. I went inside and reported the situation to someone at Customer Service. He notified security but in the meantime I went back out and took a photo. At that point the driver and a friend came out. I explained the situation and the driver apologized and said she would not park there again. The friend said, “I don’t expect to see bike riders in January.” I said, “Have you noticed the weather lately?” I could also have pointed out that my bike was not the only one in the rack. More and more people are riding in the winter. After mentioning it a few times last year, City Market now does a good job removing snow from around the bike racks. I am working on having the YMCA do the same thing.
Wondering how to beat the cold and still enjoy your time outside this winter? In this blog, we’ve compiled tips, tricks, and safety considerations from our staff and Facebook community to stay safe rolling, walking and biking all winter long.
Looking back on a great year!
Local Motion is excited to announce the appointment of Christina Erickson as its new Executive Director.
Erickson comes to Local Motion following a thirteen-year tenure at Champlain College. Most recently, Erickson served as the Director of Service & Sustainability, a role in which she directed campus sustainability projects, along with a service-learning program aligned with UN Sustainable Development and campus sustainability goals.
Welcoming New Staff! 🍂
by Peter Burns
Each fall I commit to doing recreational rides during the winter months. Then it gets really cold and I find myself slacking off. My feet and hands get cold easily. I have electric mittens and warm boots, but after half an hour, when it is below 20 degrees my extremities get cold. This limits my range. When the temperature is in the single digits, getting ready for a ride takes almost half an hour! If I am taking a short ride for fun, it almost doesn't seem worth the effort.
Newsletter sent on 4/19/2022
Rolling into Spring! 🌷
Some things I re-learned after a year off from winter bike commuting.
Newsletter sent on 1/26
This year was Twenty Twenty FUN!