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National Bike Summit, March 20th-22nd

Next week in Washington DC, the League of American cyclists presents the National Bicycle Summit, a three day lobbying effort to fight for national policy to include bicycles in the transportation agenda of the US.

Washington, D.C. — March 19, 2012 — American transportation is in the midst of a revolution. In cities across the nation, residents are bicycling in record numbers and innovative programs, like public bike sharing systems, are transforming the travel habits of millions of Americans.

This week, more than 800 cyclists from 49 states will flood the halls of Congress to share their stories and show policymakers that bicycling is an important transportation option for a growing and powerful constituency.

Hosted by the League of American Bicyclists, the 2012 National Bike Summit convenes as Congress considers how to spend billions in taxpayer dollars on the future of our transportation system. Bicycling represents a popular, equitable and growing mobility option that creates jobs, cuts healthcare costs and protects American families from skyrocketing gas prices.

In 2011, bicycling was the second most popular outdoor activity in America by frequency of participation.
The number of Americans who commute to work by bike grew by 48 percent between 2000 and 2010.
70 percent of U.S. residents say having bike lanes or paths in their community is important to them.

“We are witnessing an exciting shift in transportation that is reinvigorating our city streets as vibrant public spaces that promote health, economic development and a sense of community,” said Andy Clarke, President of the League of American Bicyclists. “The nearly 800 participants at this year’s Summit are just a drop in the rising tide of Americans who are using their bikes for transportation or recreation.”

Right now, the stakes for American cyclists are high: The current federal transportation bill expires on March 31 and the U.S. House of Representatives is poised to eliminate funding that helps local communities build bike lanes and programs that help children bike to school safely. On Thursday, Summit participants will visit Capitol Hill and tell their members of Congress that bicycling is a fundamental and growing part of the American transportation system.

To interview participants from your city or state, please contact Carolyn Szczepanski, League Communications Director, at (816) 509-0774 or carolyn@bikeleague.org.

The National Bike Summit will be held at the Grand Hyatt Washington (1000 H Street NW, Washington, D.C.) on March 20 and 21, and moves to Capitol Hill on Thursday, March 22. See the full agenda at:

www.bikeleague.org/conferences/summit12/

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