Friday, March 4, 2011

2011 National Bike Summit next week in DC

The 2011 National Bike Summit will be held in Washington, DC between March 8-10. We are very fortunate this year that the Reston Bike Club has offered to sponsor our attendance at the summit. Fionnuala Quinn of FABB will also attend. We plan to meet with other Virginia attendees on Tuesday. We will cover the all-day Summit sessions on Wednesday. On Thursday bicyclists from around the country will converge on Capitol Hill to meet with their legislators.

As Congress develops the budget for this year and next, including reauthorization of the Transportation Bill, it's important that bicyclists have a strong presence on the Hill. As prepared by the League of American Bicyclists, the main "Ask" will be: "Will you support continued dedicated funding for vital bicycling and walking programs such as the Transportation Enhancements, Safe Routes to School, and Recreational Trails Program?"

A good publication n the federal transportation program is Transportation for America's Transportation 101. See also DCStreetsBlog's post about the guide, Transportation 101: Cliff's Notes for the Reauthorization Debate

See the full 2011 National Bike Summit program. For more information about the Reston Bike Club see the RBC website and read about the Reston Century, one of the best century rides on the East Coast.

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