National Bike Summit 2009
National Bike Summit 2009 - a huge success
Click here for the Congressional Feedback Form. We want to hear your opinion of the 2009 Bike Summit.
Click here for the Summit Summary and a complete listing of all the Summit breakout session presentations.
(3.17.09) Thanks to everyone that made it to the National Bike Summit this year – we had record attendance, a strong program, and some good specific asks of our elected representatives. In total, 580 registrants from 47 states and four countries (Canada, Denmark, Czech Republic and the USA) visited more than 350 Congressional offices on Thursday, March 12. Follow up to your visits is essential; please make sure you have written your thank you notes, and followed up with the offices on their commitments.
Transportation Secretary Ray LaHood addressed the opening plenary, noting that the DOT will be "a full partner in working toward livable communities". The Secretary was followed by Representatives Blumenauer (D-OR), Lipinski (D-IL) and Matsui (D-CA). Congressman Oberstar (D-MN) spoke at the Summit dinner, and Representatives Petri (R-WI), Coble (R-NC), McCaul (R-TX) and Kissell (D-NC) made remarks at the Congressional Breakfast and/or Reception.
Even if you were not able to attend this year, the League encourages you to ask your members of Congress to support the Complete Streets Act of 2009 (S. 584, introduced by Senator Harkin, and H.R. 1443, introduced by Representative Matsui)
and the CLEAN-TEA: The Clean, Low-Emission Affordable, New Transportation Efficiency Act (S. 575, introduced by Senators Carper and Specter, and H.R. 1329, introduced by Representatives Blumenauer, Tauscher and LaTourette) that were introduced for the Summit.
A good showing of support for these bills and the America Bikes agenda is essential.
You can find your elected officials through the League’s on-line advocacy center. Background information on the Senate bills and America Bikes agenda can be found by clicking here.
We’ll be posting pictures and other follow-up information from the Summit on the League website and in the magazine etc. Meanwhile, bikeportland is a great place to read about what happened.
International Mountain Bicycling Association
Federal Highway Administration
National Bike Dealers Association
National Center for Safe Routes to School
Alliance for Biking and Walking
Tour de Cure
Adventure Cycling Association
Washington Area Bicycle Association