This March we traveled to Washington, D.C. for the National Bike Summit, an annual conference and lobbying opportunity hosted by the League of American Bicyclists.
A few highlights from the conference:
- We got an update on Vision Zero policies, and how the goal to have zero traffic fatalities and major injuries promotes the consideration of all forms of transportation, including people walking and biking
- We learned about IOBY, a crowdfunding platform for community projects, including local bike projects
- We were reminded of the societal barriers to women participating in competitive cycling, including higher expectations compared to men of being at home to take care of children, as well as tremendous disparities in payouts for both professional and amateur women athletes
The last day of the National Bike Summit is Lobby Day. All the conference attendees who are able to lobby visit Capitol Hill and talk with members of Congress and their staff about federal policies that impact walking and biking. This year our “asks” were:
- Will you support continued funding for bicycling and walking as part of a multi-modal transportation program? (House and Senate)
- Will you co-sponsor the Vision Zero Act? (House)
- Will you co-sponsor the Transportation Alternatives Program Improvement Act (TAPIA)? (Senate)
Our Missouri delegation, including PedNet (Annette Triplett, Executive Director, and Lawrence Simonson, Assistant Director), BikeWalkKC, Trailnet and MoBikeFed, had excellent visits with our Senators and Representatives and their staff. The National Bike Summit is a great opportunity for us to extend our advocacy to the federal level, and to maximize our impact by coordinating our efforts with the League of American Bicyclists and advocacy groups from across the country.