Sunday, March 15, 2009

National Bike Summit 2009, Washington, DC

This year's Bike Summit was bigger and better than ever before. By the end of the week, more than 600 representatives from across the nation walked the halls of Congress to speak out about livable streets. Among the participating groups were PA delegates from Bike Pittsburgh, Bicycle Coalition of Greater Philadelphia, WalkBikeBerks, Lebanon Valley Bicycle Club, and the Centre Region Bicycle Coalition. Among us, we covered at least 21 different offices from PA, NJ and DE, which is fantastic!

Most notably, newly appointed Transportation Secretary Ray Lahood repeated twice that "You have a full partner at US DOT."

One of my favorite moments was attending a reception where I met Senator Specter to talk about Complete Streets. You can find a picture in the slide show below.

On Capitol Hill day we were tasked with several asks for our Congressional Reps and Senators:
Support the America Bikes Agenda
Support the Current Complete Streets Bills in the House and Senate
Support the CleanTEA Bills in the House and Senate - An exciting new bill that will set aside 10% carbon cap and trade revenues in the future climate bill that would go to transportation projects that reduce Greenhouse Gases which is bicycling walking and transit.
The Senate Complete Streets and CleanTEA bills are Sponsored in the Senate by our local Senators Tom Carper (DE) and Arlen Specter (PA).

Of course, I made a clear request for continued support and involvement to promote Safe Routes to School in Pennsylvania -- as schools throughout the Commonwealth are depending on the Federal Government's support of safer, complete infrastructure for kids who walk or bike to school.

(Thanks John Boyle, BCGP for your contribution to this blog.)

Other Blogs covered highlights from the Bike Summit Bike Summit Coverage
Top ten Tweets from the Bike Summit

This slide show is updated periodically as new photographs are added by PA Delegates from across the state. Please take time to watch this at least one more time, to see everyone and everything that we captured on film during our days in Washington, representing you and your community.

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