Bicyclists Unite To ‘Move Beyond Gridlock’ At National Bike Summit


Hundreds bring the momentum for a Bicycle Friendly America to Congress

Washington, D.C. – February 24, 2014 – Bicycle commuting is booming nationwide, with more than 60% growth since 2000. Already more than 1 in 5 Americans live in a Bicycle Friendly Community and more than 1 million workers are employed by a Bicycle Friendly Business.

Hosted by the League of American Bicyclists — March 3-5, 2013 — the National Bike Summit will bring the momentum for a Bicycle Friendly America from the streets of hundreds of U.S. towns and cities to the halls of Congress.

With another transportation bill looming, hundreds of bike advocates, industry leaders and cycling enthusiasts will gather in Washington, D.C., next week to unite the voices of bicyclists on Capitol Hill.

Mobilizing behind the theme — “United Spokes: Moving Beyond Gridlock” — the Summit will feature top transportation, government and political leaders including:
Rep. Earl Blumenauer (D-OR)
Rep. Albio Sires (D-NJ)
Jack Wells, Chief Economist, U.S. Department of Transportation
Texas Sen. Rodney Ellis
Pittsburgh Mayor Bill Peduto
Phillip Darnton, Executive Director, Bicycle Association of Great Britain
“The National Bike Summit unites an increasingly diverse and bipartisan movement around a single idea: the bicycle is a simple solution to many complex problems,” says League President, Andy Clarke. “We’re focused on telling that story more effectively, sharing winning strategies to end political gridlock, and ensuring the benefits of bicycling can be enjoyed by all in society.”

This year, the Summit comes at a key moment — as Congress begins work on the next federal transportation bill, which directs billions in spending on our nation’s infrastructure. But that’s not all. Also before Congress, the Bicycle and Pedestrian Safety Act would enhance safety for people who walk and bike by setting a national goal to reduce fatalities, while the Safe Streets Act would ensure that roads are built with ALL users in mind. Members of the U.S. House of Representatives are also considering a ground-breaking bipartisan bill, introduced by Rep. Albio Sires (D-NJ), focused on bike equity and building infrastructure in underserved communities.

“Transportation trends are changing — and we need a transportation system built for the future, not the past,” says Caron Whitaker, the League’s Vice President of Government Relations. “As more young Americans put off getting a license, more families choose to live downtown, and older Americans choose to age in place, we’re asking Congress to pass a bill that creates safe, affordable and healthy transportation choices for all.”

Now in its third year, the Summit will also include the National Women’s Bicycling Forum, which will showcase the leadership and innovation of more than two dozen female leaders from across the nation. Speakers will include:
Shannon Galpin, a 2013 National Geographic Adventurer of the Year and founder of Mountain2Mountain
Terry O’Neill, president of the National Organization for Women
Shellie Pfohl, Executive Director, President’s Council on Fitness, Sports & Nutrition
Lela Rose, internationally known fashion designer and city cycling icon
Leah Flickinger, Executive Editor of Bicycling magazine
“In 2009, only 24% of bike trips in the United States were taken by women — but that trend is shifting,” says Carolyn Szczepanski, Director of the League’s Women Bike program. “The Women’s Forum is both the hub and catalyst for the incredible energy and potential of getting more women on bikes in communities nationwide.”

The National Bike Summit and National Women’s Bicycling Forum will be held at the Renaissance Washington (999 9th Street NW, Washington, D.C.) on March 3 and 4, and moves to Capitol Hill on Wednesday, March 5. See the full agenda here.

Onsite registration will be available for participants and media is invited to attend. To interview participants from your city or state, please contact Carolyn Szczepanski, League Communications Director, at (202) 621-5452 or carolyn@bikeleague.org.

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