No Club is an Island

ABC Joins the League of American Bicyclists


The Albany Bicycle Coalition recently joined with more than 750 bicycle clubs that make up the national network of League of American Bicyclists-affiliated clubs.

The League of American Bicyclists (LAB) was founded in 1880 as the League of American Wheelmen.  Riders of that era were challenged by rutted roads of gravel and dirt and faced antagonism from equestrians, wagon drivers, and pedestrians.  In an effort to improve riding conditions so they might better enjoy their newly discovered sport, more than 100,000 cyclists from across the United States joined the League to advocate for paved roads.  Thus, motor vehicle drivers of today can thank the bicyclists of long ago for the nation’s network of paved roads.  Many of the breakthroughs for women – in terms of attire and independent mobility – came about through the bicycling craze of the 19th and early 20th centuries.  Visit the League of American Bicyclists’s website at

Amongst other benefits to ABC are the following:

–          Access to insurance coverage for general liability and special events

–          Free advertising in the “American Bicyclist Almanac” including one free advertisement for our signature cycling event, Bike Expo 2011

–          Individual League memberships at a reduced rate

–          Access to LAB assistance on a variety of topics such as tax-deductibility, incorporation, and local laws and ordinances

–          Assistance in developing education programs to meet the needs of the Capital Region

–          Networking via scheduled “Club Representative Conference Calls

–          Subscription to the “Cue Sheet,” LAB’s quarterly newsletter for bike clubs.

More importantly, Albany Bicycle Coalition’s affiliate status helps it promote and protect the rights of cyclists backed by a unified, national voice.

We hope that all riders and bicycle fans will be pleased to learn of another step forward by ABC!

Written by Lorenz Worden

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