|The League of American Bicyclists will hold a second National Bike Summit® March 6-8, 2002 in Washington, DC. A number of important advocacy issues will be on the agenda including a national Safe Routes to School program and the reauthorization of TEA-21. |
The dates of the event were set to avoid conflicting with the Sea Otter Classic (March 21-24) and Taipei Cycle 2002 (April 11-14) in order to make it possible for more bike industry leaders to attend. A number of industry leaders, including Trek's John Burke, Wilderness Trail Bike's Patrick Seidler, and Cannondale's Tom Armstrong, attended the 2001 Summit last March and met with their Representatives in Congress.
“We know that preserving and advancing bicycling interests during the upcoming TEA-21 reauthorization process will be challenging," says the League’s Executive Director Elissa Margolin. “Convening the 2002 National Bike Summit® grants us a good opportunity to anticipate what those challenges may be and confront them early in the process. We hope to have even greater involvement from the bike industry in next year's Summit to emphasize to Congress and the Administration how important TEA-21 reauthorization is and that the entire bicycling community is united behind the cause."
The 2002 National Bike Summit® will build upon the success of the first Summit in 2001, which attracted nearly 200 bicycle advocates, leaders of the bike industry, and transportation professionals. The event featured prominent speakers such as EPA Administrator Christie Todd Whitman and Washington DC Mayor Anthony Williams, both avid bicyclists. Congressional speakers included Representative Jim Oberstar (D-MN), Ranking Member of the House Transportation and Infrastructure Committee; Representative Earl Blumenauer (D-OR), Congressional Bike Caucus Chair; and Representative Greg Ganske (R-IA).
During the advocacy component, nearly 100 House Members and over a third of the Senate heard from the bicycling community on a variety of issues including the Bicycle Commuting Act (H.R. 1265), Safe Routes to Schools, funding for the Land and Water Conservation Fund, and the Congressional Bike Caucus. As a direct result of our efforts, several members agreed to cosponsor H.R. 1265 and the Bike Caucus has grown from 39 to nearly 100 members.
The 2001 National Bike Summit® was sponsored by the League of American Bicyclists in partnership with Bikes Belong Coalition, Pedestrian and Bicycle Information Center, the Association of Pedestrian and Bicycle Professionals, Rails to Trails Conservancy, International Mountain Bicycling Association, The Thunderhead Alliance, and National Center for Bicycling and Walking.www.bikeleague.org