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Leading national cycling and walking organizations may combine forces

Leaders from the Alliance for Biking & Walking, League of American Bicyclists and Bikes Belong issued a press release in February saying they might consider a merger to expedite progress and rights for cyclists and pedestrians in the United States.

All three organizations promote and advocate for cycling and walking as feasible transportation alternatives in the U.S. as they cut energy consumption and curb problems like obesity and cardiovascular disease.

According to the press release, "this proposed unification would combine the significant resources of the three groups into one effective, powerful organization with a clear, integrated structure and a single voice."

A September 2012 date is set as a deadline for the final decision to merge, and if so, the organization will be launched by January 2013. To commence, the agreement must be approved by all three of the boards that manage each respective organization, which represent such organizations as Trek Bicycle Corporation, The League of American Bicyclists, San Francisco Bicycle Coalition and Transportation Alternatives of New York.

To see the full requirements for ratification of this mega organization and other participating members, read the full unification summary.

Now that's some news we can tune our spokes to.

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