The 10th annual National Bike Summit has been in full swing in Washington D.C. all week. Local, state, and national bike advocacy organizations, transit groups, bike industry folks, and concerned cyclists have converged on the Capitol for three days of speakers, workshops, and lobbying.
Today, the final day of the summit, is dedicated to lobbying for Oregon Rep. Earl Blumenaur's Active Community Transportation Act, HR 4722. The bill would fund a grant program that would allow communities to compete for federal funding to improve biking and walking routes. That sort of competitive funding is currently available for transit and road infrastructure, but not for bikers and walkers.
The Bike Summit has put out the call for cyclists nationwide to contact their representatives in support of Rep. Blumenaur's bill. If that sounds like something you can get behind, the League of American Bicyclists has a web page set up to help you get in touch with your congresspeople.
Also worth noting from the Summit: Washington Sen. Patty Murray received an award this morning from the League of American Bicyclists for her work on behalf of cyclists and transit in our state.
I'll have a more comprehensive post in the next few days on the Bike Summit's accomplishments, but if you want to keep up to date with it in the meantime, BikePortland.org's Jonathan Maus is there and has been posting regular updates.