Today is the kickoff of the National Bike Summit in Washington DC. This year’s theme is Save Cycling! which is timely considering the machinations of Congress. The National Bike Summit is the League of American Bicyclists’ annual event. The League and Bikes Belong–the Summit’s headline sponsor–happen to be longstanding supporters of Pro Walk/Pro Bike. I say that in case you were wondering how all the myriad bicycling summits, conferences, and professional development seminars all fit together. (Very nicely, thank you.)
One session I am particularly excited for: Finally, the Racing and Advocacy Worlds Collide. As a road and cyclocross racer, who also rides his bike lots in non racing situations, my response is: What took you so long??? (It was a happy day when I learned USA Cycling activated its members to help stop the gratuitous rumble striping of so many beautiful shoulders.)
Here’s the description:
The gulf between racers and bike advocates is finally being bridged. Discover what can happen when bike advocates get behind major cycling events, and the racing community wakes up to the power (and protection) of advocacy.
Tim Johnson, a most excellent racer and all around nice person, is riding his bike down from the Boston area for the Summit. He will be appearing on the panel; I will be lingering nearby hoping to catch a glimpse of whatever super sweet Cannondale he rolled into town on. Reports to follow.
|Pro Walk/Pro Bike puts walking first, because everyone walks.
Complete streets, land use planning, and traffic calming will be
addressed at Pro Walk/Pro Bike.
|A clean cyclocross bike: must be the offseason.|