For Immediate Release – Long Beach’s Bikeable Communities and Executive Director Allan Crawford Celebrated 11/3 on Queen Mary becoming newest coalition member of the California Bicycle Coalition

For Immediate Release – October 22, 2014

Contact
Melissa Balmer

Media Director/California Bicycle Coalition
Tel. 562.612.0197 Cell 562.221.9672. Email: Melissa@calbike.org

Re: Long Beach’s Bikeable Communities and Executive Director Allan Crawford Celebrated 11/3 on Queen Mary becoming newest coalition member of the California Bicycle Coalition

Note: Excellent examples of Allan Crawford’s images are available upon request

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Long Beach CA – Monday evening November 3rd at 6:00 pm in the Queen Mary’s Veranda Room and Deck Long Beach based Bikeable Communities will become the newest official affiliate member of the California Bicycle Coalition (CalBike) network. Further Bikeable Communities Executive Director Allan Crawford will be honored for his generosity and talent as a gifted photographer and videographer, capturing the passion and opportunities bike advocacy brings to California. Tickets for the event are $85 per person and can be purchased online at calbike.org/surfnturf/queenmary/. For table requests or further event details contact Debbie Brubaker at debbie@calbike.org.

The evening will also include presentations by three time cycling Olympian John Howard, CalBike’s Vice Chair Charlie Gandy on the upcoming Bicycle World’s Fair, and Melissa Balmer Director of Women on Bikes California/Pedallove.org on the upcoming Pedal Love: Cultivating Civil Streets for California media guide in which Allan Crawford’s imagery and videos will play a key role.

Crawford’s compelling imagery has been featured not only in the advocacy work of Bikeable Communities and the California Bicycle Coalition (most recently for the Three Feet for Safety law going into effect this past September), but also Bike Long Beach during Crawford’s tenure as the bike coordinator for the City, Bixby Knolls Business Improvement District’s Kidical Mass, Downtown Long Beach Associates’ Bike Fest, the League of American Bicyclists and the Pro Walk/Pro Bike: Pro Place conference. Allan’s images have also been featured in American Bike, Bicycling Magazine, Momentum Magazine, the Press Telegram, Road Magazine and more.

Bikeable Communities honors the memory of an extraordinary bicycle advocate and a great friend, the late Mark Bixby, through the pursuit of his mission for bicycle advocacy. They work to achieve his ideals through the promotion of safety, access, cooperation and participation for everyone who rides – or wants to ride  – a bicycle in and around their community. To this aim Bikeable Communities continues to collaborate with the Long Beach the Downtown Business Associates annual Bike Fest hosting/creating last year’s popular City Cross element (and more fun is in store for 2015), and hosting the spring/summer El Dorado Race series trainings at El Dorado Park including their growing jr. rider mentorship program.

This holiday season Bikeable Communities is collaborating with the Greater Long Beach YMCA and the Velo Allegro riding club to bring a bike and helmet program to the 3rd graders of Stevenson Elementary adjacent in downtown Long Beach, and will be working with the Bixby Knolls Business Improvement District for next year’s open streets event.

This has been a very exciting year for CalBike with two big political wins with both the Three Feet for Safety Act and the Protected Bikeways Act becoming law. This evening celebration is a fundraiser for phase 2 of CalBike’s Better Bikeways Campaign. Now that California has just passed the Protected Bikeways Act CalBike will be moving quickly to educate cities across the state on the opportunities and rewards of building the necessary networks of bikeways protected from fast car traffic. Better Bikeways will enable more people to bicycle; creating safer, healthier, and more prosperous communities for all. To learn more about the importance of protected bikeways and the Better Bikeways campaign please go to: calbike.org/advocacy/better-bikeways/.

To set up an interview with CalBike’s Executive Director Dave Snyder, Vice Chair Charlie Gandy or Allan Crawford please contact Melissa Balmer at (562) 221-9672 or Melissa@calbike.org.

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About the California Bicycle Coalition

CalBike enables more people to bicycle for the health, safety, and prosperity of all Californians. We envision millions of people riding bikes every day in California with networks of safe streets and paths conveniently connect every destination. Our goal is to double the amount of bicycling in the Golden State by 2017 and triple it by 2020.

Calbike’s membership coalitions across the state include: Bike Bakersfield, Bike East Bay, Chico Velo Cycling, Inland Empire Bicycle Alliance, Los Angeles County Bicycle Coalition, Marin County Bicycle Coalition, Napa County Bicycle Coalition, People Power of Santa Cruz County, Sacramento Area Bicycle Advocates, San Diego County Bicycle Coalition, San Francisco Bicycle Coalition, San Luis Obispo County Bicycle Coalition, Shasta Living Streets, Silicon Valley Bicycle Coalition, and Walk & Bike Mendocino. In 2013 CalBike launched the Women on Bikes California initiative. Learn more at calbike.org.

About Bikeable Communities

The mission of Bikeable Communities is to champion bicycling as a viable, safe  form of transportation in order to create better places to live, work and ride. Bikeable Communities honors the memory of an extraordinary bicycle advocate and a great friend, the late Mark Bixby, through the continued promotion of his favorite expression “Go Big or Go Home” to celebrate his spirit and to continue the pursuit of his mission for bicycle advocacy. Bikeable Communities is working to achieve his ideals through the promotion of safety, access, cooperation and participation for everyone who rides – or wants to ride  – a bicycle in and around their community. Learn more at bikeablecommunities.org.

About Allan Crawford

Allan Crawford is an active mobility consultant with KOA Corporation and the Executive Director for the Long Beach based non-profit BIKEable communities.  In these roles he has the enviable task of helping move Long Beach and the surrounding communities toward becoming some of the most bike friendly cities in the US.

Allan has a strong background as a bicycling planner,  advocate and community liaison/facilitator.  Prior to taking his current position he was bike coordinator for the City of Long Beach, where he helped move the City to Silver Status as a bike friendly city. He was a co-founder of  Bikeable Communities, a Long Beach Based 501C3 dedicated to promoting safety and access for all bicyclists.  He is actively involved in the California Bicycle Coalition, the League of American Bicyclists and serves as a media advisor to Women on Bikes California/PedalLove.org. He is well recognized for photo and video work, using the camera to tell stories about bicycling and how it makes a difference in people’s lives.  He has cycled all over the world and won national championships racing tandem with his wife.

His experience goes beyond bicycling.  He worked in the areas of knowledge management, research, strategic planning, education and group facilitation/community outreach for over 25 years.  His experience includes work in the energy industry, aerospace, pharmaceuticals, city government, Veteran’s hospitals and academia.  He was co-director of the Master’s in Knowledge Management program at  Cal State Northridge where he taught courses on Leadership and Innovation. His photography has appeared in a wide variety of nationally recognized publications.  He has a PhD in Geology from the University of Wisconsin.