- Guest Blogger: Sarah Hadler
The 10th Annual National Bike Summit was a rollicking success! Around 700 bicyclists and industry leaders gathered in Washington, DC and educated Congress to ensure that bicycling is included in national policy initiatives in the areas of transportation, climate, livability, sustainability, health and natural resources.
Some highlights of the Summit included: the unveiling of the new Google bicycle maps; being addressed by longtime and passionate bicycling advocates, Congressman Earl Blumenauer (Oregon) and Chairman Jim Oberstar (of the House Transportation and Infrastructure Committee); and meeting with Congresswoman Lynn Woolsey, who declared, “It’s my bicycle people, and you all look so healthy and happy!” The Summit ended on a triumphant note with Secretary of Transportation Ray LaHood thanking the bicycling community for all of our hard work: “I’ve been all over America, and where I’ve been in America I’ve been very proud to talk about the fact that people do want alternatives. They want out of their cars; they want out of congestion; they want to live in livable neighborhoods. And we would not be where we’re at today without you…. I’m very, very grateful!”
Sarah Hadler works for the Sonoma County Bicycle Coalition and coordinates the Safe Routes to School program in Sebastopol.