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Advocacy Groups

Local Advocacy Groups

Bicycles East works hard for you, serving our community at the local and state level. You can find much information at the links below, or call Bicycles East and talk to Deb.

This organization that is working to make Glastonbury a more bicyle-friendly and walkable community. Deb serves on the Board of Directors.

This is a state-wide advocacy group that works to create and impact state-wide Bicycling efforts.

This DOT committee works to further incorporation of bike/pedestrian facilities into the statewide transportation initiatives. Deb serves as a member of this Board.

This is a committee of the region's planning council.

National Advocacy Groups & Organizations

 Bicycles East has direct relationships with the national organizations below:

The League of American Bicyclists began when bikes, not cars, ruled the roads. Today, this organization is a leader in advocating and educating on behalf of cyclists in every state. They also organize major cycling rallies and support many local and state cycling groups across America. Bicycles East is a member of the League of American Bicyclists, and we further support them by donating a percentage of all of our helmet sales.

The Bicycle Friendly Community Campaign is an awards program that recognizes municipalities that actively support bicycling. A Bicycle-Friendly Community provides safe accommodation for cycling and encourages its residents to bike for transportation and recreation. The League of American Bicyclists administers the Bicycle Friendly Community Campaign. Bicycles East is taking a lead role in Glastonbury's Bicycle Friendly Community efforts and hosted a visit from BFC Program Staff.

People for Bikes is a membership organization founded by bicycle industry and advocacy leaders with the mission of "putting more people on bikes more often." It was formerly known as Bikes Belong. Bicycles East supports People for Bikes and assists with their communications. Check out their display at Bicycles East.

The mission of I.M.B.A., the International Mountain Bicycling Association, is to promote mountain bicycling opportunities which are environmentally and socially responsible. Bicycles East supports IMBA by donating a portion of all Trek full-suspension mountain bikes that we sell.

Additional National Organizations include the following:

America's largest recreational cycling association has developed the National Bicycle Route Network, encompassing more than 24,000 miles of road and mountain bike trails, which are depicted on high-quality route maps.

America Bikes is a coalition of leaders from the bicycling community dedicated to improving bicycling across the country through programs and policies in the 2003 federal transportation funding bill. The campaign is mobilizing cyclists, organizations and businesses to convince Congress that bicycles are an important element in the transportation puzzle. Join their network by endorsing the America Bikes agenda. Learn more at their website.

This is the advocacy program of the Washington Area Bicyclist Association, a small, active, non-profit consumer-funded program acting as a clearinghouse and a technical resource for bicycle helmet information. Volunteers from the BHSI serve on the ASTM bicycle helmet standard committee and are active in commenting on actions of the Consumer Product Safety Commission.

The American Bicycling Association BMX site is a central point for learning what's happening in the fast riding, high jumping world of BMX racing.

Cycling Hall Of Fame is dedicated to preserving the history of cycling's greatest races and the riders who rode them.

Hiring a good coach is one of the best ways to reach your cycling goals and this site makes it easy by offering an official list of USA-Cycling-certified coaches. It also provides some free tips and articles by these coaches to improve your bicycling. The coaches are organized by state to make it easy to narrow your search. Plus, their email addresses and web sites (as applicable) are available, too.

The International Bicycle Fund is a non-governmental, non-profit organization, promoting sustainable transport and international understanding. Major areas of activity are non-motorized urban planning, economic development, bike safety education, responsible travel and cycle tourism, and cross-cultural, educational programs.

The National Bicycle Greenway is envisioned as a nationwide network of interconnected bike friendly roads and bicycle pathways that will connect cyclists to major cities throughout the US. The NBG is dedicated to developing a standard for cycle-safe thruways that enhances the travel experience of the transportational cyclist.

People on bikes, people walking - interacting - these are indicators that a city, town or community is healthy, vibrant and working. Through education, lobbying, and advising our government officials, we are lifting the barriers to realizing the power of these basic human modes of travel. Our goal is to enable bicycling and walking to flourish as vital facets of our daily routine and our overall transportation system.

PE4Life is the collective voice for promoting quality, daily physical-education programs for America's youth.

Pedals for Progress rescues bicycles destined for America's landfills and puts them to work overseas for continuing economic development in our partnership programs.

RTC is a nonprofit organization working to enrich America's communities by creating a nationwide network of public trails from former rail lines and connecting corridors.

The goal of The Surface Transportation Policy Project is to ensure that transportation policy and investments help conserve energy, protect environmental and aesthetic quality, strengthen the economy, promote social equity, and make communities more livable.

The N.C.B.W. is a national, not-for-profit organization working with people in communities to make America more bicycle friendly and walkable. Their resource center provides updates, information and resources for bicycle and pedestrian practitioners, related professionals, and citizen advocates.

Thousands of young athletes aspire to be Olympic and world champions just like Lance Armstrong, Leigh Donovan, Marty Nothstein and Susan Demattei. It is a long, hard road to the top requiring a strong commitment from athletes, parents and you! Your support directly benefits young athletes in all disciplines of cycling.

USA Cycling is the official cycling organization recognized by the US Olympic Committee and is responsible for identifying, training and selecting cyclists to represent the United States in international competitions. The major activities of USA Cycling ensure the ongoing development and safe participation in the sport of cycling.

Youth Educational Sports, Inc. was created to give instructional and educational support for non-traditional sports taught in schools, after school activities and youth organizations. YESports will also help if you want to start a "non-traditional sport" club, such as bicycling.