The National Bike Summit, which included the National Women’s Bicycling Forum, was held this week in Washington D.C. The event was full of inspiring success stories and informative talks and panels, but most importantly, served as a collaboration on best practices, and communication and messaging on bike issues and bike advocacy for those who work to promote bicycle-friendly policies and funding, bike commuting, and everyday cycling for enjoyment.
With more than 700 in attendance, one of the many notable speakers included Transportation Secretary Anthony Foxx, who spoke to the entire summit in a humorous and thoughtful lunchtime address. The former Charlotte mayor emphasized his support for bicycling and declared to the enthusiastic crowd, “Our roads should be safe; they should be easy places to travel, no matter how we’re traveling on them.”
There was so much going on and so many great topics covered, it was hard to keep up. As I return home and go over my notes, I will share more and hope to continue the conversations around all the important issues and ideas presented. The overall commitment to creating convenient and safe routes for cyclists at the state and local levels is critical to the movement of living a life informed by the bicycle, and promoting biking as an attractive transportation option.
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