Friday, September 30, 2011


Exciting new research. Please read this Forbes article (link below) that points to a new AAA Foundation study on Vehicle Speed and a Pedestrian’s Risk of Severe Injury or Death. This study updates the well-known research from Great Britain and quantifies the increased vulnerability of older pedestrians. The best part, the AAA Foundation calls for traffic calming in urban areas.
Forbes article

AAA Foundation Report

Tuesday, September 13, 2011

RESCHEDLUED! WalkBikeBerks Youth Bicycle Class: TODAY AT 9AM

Saturday Sept. 24, 2011

See You Today.
WalkBikeBerks is hosting a League of American Bicyclists Youth skills class on Saturday, September 24 from 9 AM to 11 PM. This is a 2 hour class for youth up to age 13 where they will receive specific, individual attention from our L.A.B. certified bicycle instructor Benton Levengood with assistance from WalkBikeBerks members. Topics covered include how to perform a bicycle safety check, helmet fitting and bike sizing.

Bicycling1-2-3 is FREE to Birdsboro Children ages 6-13
When: Sat. Sept, 24, 2011
Time: 9 AM to 11 AM
Where: Birdsboro Elementary School (Upper playground lot/basketball court)

To register for this course, email a parent and child's full names, phone number and child's age to:
Class size is limited so please register early.

We are able to provide some participants free helmets due to the generosity of AAA Reading-Berks. Limited sizes available to children who need a helmet.

Note: ALL participants must wear a properly fitting helmet to participate in our education rides.

Sunday, September 11, 2011

Sunday, September 11, 2011
9/11 - Diminished and Challenged to Keep All Loved Ones Alive
A Repost from Keep Kids Alive Drive 25's Tom Everson
Death diminishes and challenges us all, no matter what the circumstances.
As we observe the 10th Anniversary of 9/11, memorial services are held in communities of all sizes across our country. Even some NFL players wear specially designed gear in support of families who experienced the loss of a loved one on that day, or in the ensuing conflicts that have been fought in Afghanistan, and Iraq. Thousands have died, and whether each of us personally new these victims, we along with their families are diminished due to the loss of the love and service they would have continued to share with family, friends, and others in need throughout our world.

I am reminded, too, that over 350,000 loved ones have died during the past 10 years on our nations roadways. Their family and friends also grieve the loss of love, friendship, and service that their children, siblings, parents, cousins, friends undoubtedly would have shared had they lived.

How are all the deaths of these loved ones connected? Quite simply, the death of anyone we care for, and who cared for us, is never easy, and we are all diminished by what might have been had they lived - through the tragedies of the Twin Towers, Shanksville, and the Pentagon, to the battlefields of the Middle East, to the death of a child at the hands of a speeding, texting, or stop-sign running driver. We imagine a high school graduation, a wedding, a future grandchild, a hug, an "I love you," a hike in the mountains together, sharing holidays and birthdays, and so much more. We often grieve for the possibilities of the future, for what could have been.

Within our sorrow, we are left not only with memories, but also of the challenge of new possibilities - of what we each can do to create a legacy in remembering all the life and love a daughter, son, brother, sister, mother, father, friend has shared with us. Over the 13 years that I have worked to grow Keep Kids Alive Drive 25, I have encountered families who, like many of the survivors of the tragedies of 9/11, work to bring great good into our world in memory of their loved one. Click on these links to learn their stories.

Cady Ann Reynolds, Age 17, Omaha, NE
Conor Lynch, Age 16, Van Nuys, CA
Brianna Vitek, Age 16, Winona, MN
Emily Jasmine Ranyak, Age 18, Merritt Island, FL
Gabby Mair, Age 12, Deltona, FL
Brandon McPherson, Age 16, Weatherby Lake, MO
Erika Joy Rowan, Age 16, Cozad, NE
Graeme Preston Age 12, Freehold NJ
Nick Peters, Age 15, Wahoo, NE
•Matt Schmill, Age 23, Omaha, NE
•James Davis, Age 29, White Bear Lake, MN
•Maddison Hart, Age 5, Sikeston, MO
•Myles McCarron, Age 16, Lunenburg, MA

In addition, these families have enacted redeeming actions on behalf of drivers, pedestrians and cyclists in memory of their loved ones:

•Sean Martin has tirelessly worked with local officials and schools in Miami Lakes, FL in honor of his son, Shaye, struck by a speeding motorist while walking on the sidewalk in a school zone. Shaye's photo appears on the above banner.

•Barbara Foster, along with her State Representative and many friends worked to see "Kyle's Law" through to passage to allow Texas communities to more easily lower their residential speed limits.

•Karen Steffan initiated Keep Kids Alive Drive 25 in Waukesha, WI in honor of Ashley - whose photo appears on the banner above.

•Natalie DeLeon's mother, Beatriz, daily efforts working with Massachusetts legislators to enact a primary seat belt law in her honor.

•The Henry family of Yardville, NJ set up an educational scholarship in honor of Anthony.

•The Diffenderfers of Perkiomenville, PA created a butterfly garden for the community in honor of 2 year-old Anna.

•The Faust family of Lees Summit, MO doggedly worked to address engineering challenges that factored in to Justin's death.

•The Lloyd family of Omaha set up a scholarship fun in honor of Shannon to support one or more classmates upon their graduation from high school in 2012.

As we embrace the life we have been given, each of us is challenged each day to live a life worthy of creating a legacy that can benefit others. We can start by paying attention to how our driving behaviors can make all the difference in keeping others, and ourselves, safe on and around roadways of all kinds. Begin today by visiting "Get Started to Keep Kids Alive."
Contact: Tom Everson

Friday, September 9, 2011

Invest in Transportation Infrastructure

Investing in Transportation Infrastructure for All: A Statement from the America Bikes coalition
9/8/2011 - America Bikes has issued a statement supporting President Obama’s call for a “clean” extension of SAFETEA-LU. In this statement we also urge Congress to reject House Republicans’ demands that funding for bicycling and walking be stripped from the bill. Read America Bikes' statement right here.

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Wednesday, September 7, 2011

September is National Childhood Obesity Month


Celebrate by walking and bicycling to school

President Obama and Congress proclaimed September 2010 the first-ever Childhood Obesity Awareness Month, calling national attention and action to this epidemic. This year, advocates are building on that success in planning for the second National Childhood Obesity Awareness Month and have provided a toolkit to support your efforts. This is your opportunity to unite with leaders in the White House and Congress, with the Governor of your state and Mayor of your city and with all in your community who care about our youth and the health of our nation today and tomorrow. Here are some highlights:

National, state and local leaders are called on to support and observe National Childhood Obesity Awareness month this September.

Organizations around the United States will plan and carry out activities that build awareness about childhood obesity and encourage action.

Individuals will take steps to help reverse the rise of childhood obesity.

Every person in the US can be an important part of Childhood Obesity Awareness Month by taking small steps (think walking and bicycling to school!) that add up to a big difference: eating more balanced meals and snacks, engaging in physical activity more regularly and sharing your personal plan and commitment with family and friends of all ages.
This toolkit provides information, weblinks and tools to promote and celebrate September as National Childhood Obesity Awareness Month. Use hashtag #childobesity in your tweets this month to join the conversation during National Childhood Obesity Awareness Month.