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Get Informed and Make 2015 Your Year of Cycling Advocacy!

January 22, 2015

Our friends at the League of American Bicyclists are on the ball. It’s never too early to start thinking about the National Bike Summit and pending legislative action that can have serious consequences for walking and cycling infrastructure.


Let’s pass a bipartisan infrastructure plan that could create more than 30 times as many jobs per year, and make this country stronger for decades to come.
— President Obama during the State of the Union

It’s a good line that got a lot of applause at the State of the Union, but like everything else, the devil is in the details. And members of Congress need to hear from YOU. 

On May 31, the Highway Trust Fund runs out of money and the current federal transportation bill expires. It’s a topic that’s heating up in Washington, but we already know several things.

  • The likelihood Congress will have a new bill or a long-term funding solution by May 31st is looking slim.
  • But that looming deadline will trigger debate and a potential vote on funding for biking and walking projects in the next transportation bill.
  • We’ve heard from U.S. Department of Transportation Secretary Anthony Foxx: “What people are viewing as this cute, cuddly bike and pedestrian movement could be a real game-changer.”
  • Republican leaders in the House and the Senate are adamant about getting a bill this year.
  • So the opportunity to weigh in to this critical conversation is now.

The National Bike Summit is our chance to do just that – to educate new members of Congress, and show the strength and commitment of the bicycling community for a strong bipartisan infrastructure plan that fits the needs of the 21st Century. We’ll need a strong showing to ensure the next transportation bill protects and promotes bicycle-friendly policies and funding.

Leaders on Capitol Hill need to hear from YOU – so please join us at the Summit, March 10-12, here in Washington, D.C. 

Right now, we’re working with our allies on the Hill to make sure we have a powerful set of asks when you meet with your members of Congress. In 2014, we helped secure a national goal to reduce bicycle and pedestrian fatalities; in 2015, we’ll be building on that win to continue to enhance street safety for all. We’ll be promoting connected transportation networks so all communities can travel safely and efficiently to work, school and healthcare, and working to improve key federal programs that help to fund better biking in your community.

Like President Obama and Congressional leaders, we believe that a smart infrastructure plan is critical to building the economy and making our nation stronger. Help us ensure that vision includes better bicycling. Register for the Summit by January 31 for early-bird rates. 

See you in March!

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