Sunday, March 15, 2009

Snippets from the National Bike Summit

I had a great week in Washington in spite of my sprained ankle. With the new administration in place comes an optimism that had been missing for several years. At the opening plenary Transportation Secretary Ray Lahood and stated that "You have a full partner at US DOT"

On Capitol Hill day we were tasked with several asks for our Congressional Reps and Senators:
  • Support the America Bikes Agenda
  • Support the Current Complete Streets Bills in the House and Senate
  • Support the CleanTEA Bills int he House and Senate - An exciting new bill that will set aside 10% carbon cap and trade revenues in the future climate bill that would go to transportation projects that reduce Greenhouse Gases which is bicycling walking and transit.
  • The Senate Complete Streets and CleanTEA bills are Sponsored in the Senate by our local Senators Tom Carper (DE) and Arlen Specter (PA).

In addition we asked for more support for the Schuylkill River Trail in Philadelphia, and strengthening the requirement for bike/ped accommodations on bridges in the next Transportation Bill.

Other Blogs covered highlights from the Bike Summit Bike Summit Coverage

Top ten Tweets from the Bike Summit

Thanks to Sarah Clark Stuart for organizing the meetings as well as everyone who came down to Washington for Lobby Day. We hope to see even more of you next year.