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“Save Cycling”; National Bike Summit – March 20-22, 2012

Posted: Mar 6, 03:05 PM

BEMIDJI, MINNESOTA (March 6, 2012) – Washington D.C. will be hosting the 2012 National Bike Summit, March 20-22, 2012, presented by the League of American Bicyclists and sponsored by Bikes Belong Coalition. Other sponsors include: International Mountain Biking Association (IMBA), National Bicycle Dealers Association (NBDA), U. S. Department of Transportation Federal Highway Administration, AAA, Bicycle Times, Performance Bicycle, Dahon, National Center for Safe Routes to School, Toole Design Group, interbike, QBP, Saris, Adventure Cycling Association (ACA), Alliance for Biking and Walking, Federal Transit Administration (FTA), BIXI, Momentum Magazine, Charleston Moves, Dero Bike Racks, Hyatt, Bike Press Camp, American Association of State Highway and Transportation Officials (AASHTO) and Streets Blog.

“Save Cycling” is this year’s theme. Participating in the summit provides you the opportunity to learn more about the following:
• Insight into political and policy alternatives on Federal funds.
• Identify strategies for increasing the capacity of our movement: reaching new riders, audiences and demographics.
• Preserving the recreational trails program.
• What are the benefits and how do we make the economic case for cycling most effectively.
• New friends, new technologies, new media, and some new ideas for working with competitive cyclists and events.

There will be breakout sessions, including interactive discussion with Congressional Members and Administration officials about bicycling’s future in our national transportation policy, panelists to provide the latest intelligence on the transportation bill, federal funding, pro-bicycling policies for businesses and communities, and the “Save Cycling” message, educational information on investing in bicycling and walking at the state level such as Safe Routes to Schools, and success stories about thriving mountain bike and trail based economies.

The more formal segment of the summit will end on Thursday, March 22nd with meetings on Capitol Hill with members of Congress and a congressional reception from 5:00-7:00pm, Senate Dirksen G-50, followed by the National Bike Summit Bike Ride on Friday, March 23rd from 8:30am-11:00am. Meet at Garfield Circle on Capitol Hill for the bike ride.

HOW DO I REGISTER? Follow this link to register online: https://members.bikeleague.org/members_online/registration/register.asp?mt=SUMMIT12&af=LAB. For questions, send an email to membership@bikeleague.org.

This sounds like an AWESOME event. If you’re reading this blog post and are either going to this event or have attended in the past, please post comments. It would be great to hear from people who have experienced bicycling advocacy in action on Capitol Hill. Thanks for being a voice for a bicycle-friendly America!

Natalie Gille, Bemidji resident and outdoor enthusiast