The 2010 edition of the National Bike Summit and the League of American Bicyclists annual meeting kicked off this morning in Washington DC. Much of the news has focused on Google enabling bicycle directions on Google Maps, but the main purpose of the Bike Summit is to organize, lobby politicians, and make LAB policy decisions.
The theme this year reflects on the Bike Summit’s 10 year anniversary: “Building on 10 years of progress” in cycling advocacy. The number of attendees has grown 10 fold, the number of cyclists in almost every American community has grown, and issues important to many cyclists have gained traction among politicians at the national and local level.
Congress is scheduled to pass landmark legislation reauthorizing transportation funding and setting goals on other important issues related to obesity, health, the climate, natural resources, and energy policy.
National Bike Summit 2010 reports
Bikes Belong announces People For Bikes, a petition drive to get one million signatures from cyclists of all types to let policy makers, the media and the public know that bicycling is important and should be promoted.
Bike Portland reports from his front row seat at the Bike Summit plenary session.
Bicycle Retailer: 10th Annual Bike Summit opens.
Silicon Valley Bicycle Coaltion at the Bike Summit and invites you to participate in an nationwide “Virtual Lobby Day” in support of Active Community Transportation Act, H.R.4722.
Canadian Sarah from Momentum Magazine reports from the Bike Summit in Washington DC.
Bike Summit Twitter People
Watch for Bike Summit tweets from Rich Kelly aka Mr Interbike, Bike Portland, Missouri Bike Federation, Shannon Tracey from Oakland, Andrew Conway from Mass., Streetsblog, Bike Friendly Berkeley, Bike Arlington VA.