Last week, six Vermonters attended the 2012 National Bike Summit in Washington DC to advocate for better federal bike and pedestrian policies. A record 840 attendees from 49 states discussed ways to get more people pedaling for transportation and recreation. A Women’s Cycling Forum focused on how to increase the number of women cycling — only 24% of cyclists across our country are women.
Attending were Gregg Marston (Local Motion Board Member and owner of VBT Vacations), Luis Vivanco (Local Motion Board Member and UVM professor), Jens Pharr (UVM Bicycle Users Group), Chapin Spencer (Local Motion Executive Director), Thomas Cohen (BTV Bike Cluster) and a special guest, see below.
We met with senior staffers from Patrick Leahy‘s office, Bernie Sanders‘ office and Peter Welch‘s office. We are very fortunate that all of Vermont’s delegation is very supportive of walking and bicycling. We asked them to continue their support, especially with the upcoming federal transportation bill. We found out that CEO of Terry Bicycles Liz Robert was also in town visiting metro-area bike shops so we asked her to join us in these meetings to make the economic argument for biking and walking. She pedaled over to the hill and joined us! Thank you Liz!
Washington DC is doing a tremendous amount to increase walking and bicycling across the city. They’ve launched a Capital BikeShare, installed miles of bike lanes, and worked to increase infill development. It’s inspiring to see our nation’s capital embracing people-powered transportation!
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