WASHINGTON, D.C. (BRAIN)—With less than two weeks to go before the start of this year’s National Bike Summit, March 10-12, pre-registration is already at more than 450 participants, according to Andy Clarke, president of the League of American Bicyclists, which organizes the annual event.
Clarke hopes to close in on last year’s record attendance of 525.
Last week, the League hosted a one-hour Webinar to prep attendees on the issues and policies that will be addressed this year and to give them tips on how to prepare for meetings with their elected officials. Some 105 people logged onto the online conference.
Clarke said two policy requests this year will be about bills that should be introduced in Congress over the next week. One bill will introduce Complete Streets legislation in both the House and the Senate. The second, CLEAN TEA, or the Clean Low-Emission Affordable New Transportation Equity Act, addresses funding for state transportation plans that include projects to reduce greenhouse gas emissions. Numbers for both bills will be provided at the Summit.
Several evening events will take place in conjunction with the Summit this year. In addition to the usual break-out advocacy sessions and the lobbying day on Capitol Hill, the International Mountain Bicycling Association will head up a special meeting to address specific asks to bring up during meetings on Wednesday night. And the Thunderhead Alliance will host a party Tuesday night.
For a detailed schedule of events, go to bikeleague.org (click on link). Online registration for the Bike Summit is open until this Thursday.