One thing to come out of this year’s National Bike Summit was a twitter campaign to reach out to local politicians and influence cycling transportation policy.
According to Bicycle Retailer Magazine:
WASHINGTON (BRAIN) — As the National Bike Summit is underway in the nation’s capital, the League of American Bicyclists is promoting a Twitter campaign in an effort to gain support in Congress.
“Maybe you’re here in D.C. with us. Maybe you weren’t able to make it, but you still want to be involved. Either way, make sure Congress hears bicyclists’ voices loud and clear today,” the League said in a release Wednesday morning.
The League is asking bicyclists to find their elected officials’ Twitter handles at FearlessRevolution.com and then to direct a Twitter message to them, asking them to co-sponsor legislation that will increase the safety and equity of bicycling.
The League suggests supporters use the following format:
–@MemberX] Please co-sponsor these bills for bicycling http://bit.ly/1i63UyJ #nbs14
The period at the start of the message makes it public. The link in the message goes to a page on the Bike Summit website that describes five bills: HR 3494- The Bicycle and Pedestrian Safety Act; HR 2468- The Safe Streets Act; HR 3978- The New Opportunities for Bicycle and Pedestrian Infrastructure Financing Act (New Opportunities); S 1708- The Bicycle and Pedestrian Safety Act; and S 2004- The Safe Streets Act.