My LAB membership expired recently. I did not renew because I am reluctant to send the League any more money, knowing it would be used to harm the interests of responsible cyclists. I also prefer to belong to organizations that I can be proud of.
The only worthwhile League program I see now is Smart Cycling, the education program. Unfortunately, education is the poor stepchild of “encouragement”. The worst of these encouragement programs is Bicycle Fiendish Communities, which, among its many evils, undermines the educational program.
There is a better education program that does not suffer the handicap of a board hostile to cyclists who act as drivers. See Cycling Savvy
I had kept my membership until now in hopes that reform candidates would win the League back to members’ control. For the 2010 election, we made a vigorous effort to collect petition signatures to get our three candidates on the ballot. However, certain League officials resorted to shameful conduct to obstruct the petition drive. You can see details at labreform.org
Despite blatantly obstructive behavior by certain League officials, our petition candidates got about as many signatures as the top vote-getter in the actual election. If the election process had been run fairly, they undoubtedly would have won their seats.
More than 400 signatures was not enough to get on the ballot because of sneak bylaws changes made in 2003. (The bylaws changes followed another election scandal.) The latest board election makes it obvious that the hostile takeover of the League has succeeded.
The League is no longer a democratic organization. although it pretends to be one.
I’ve had enough. I’m joining the lengthening list of *former* League members some of whom asked “What took you so long.” We can keep in touch through forums that support our goals, such as Chainguard, bicycledriving and, of course, LAB Reform.
Update: Eli Damon published letters from two more recent ex-League members on his blog Cycles