Gotta love the League of American Bicyclists.
Not just for the great advocacy work they do on behalf of cyclists across the country, but also for the way in which they precisely communicate important information. I received an excellent e-newsletter yesterday that I could easily cut-and-paste for today's post. It almost makes me feel like I'm taking the easy way out...
So for those of you who don't receive the League's email, follow them on Facebook and Twitter, or read their blog, here's a summary of what's happening in the world of bicycling advocacy, fresh off last week's big event:
Highlights from the 2012 National Bike Summit: One of the most popular topics was a Women's Cycling Forum which was so well received that it will be rebroadcast in a webinar tomorrow, March 28th at 2pm CST. Another major emphasis of the summit was small group meetings with elected officials - sharing personal experiences about cycling from a local perspective.
The summit also served as an opportunity to recognize advocacy leadership. Congratulations to both Rep Dan Lipinski and the League of Illinois Bicyclists for their outstanding work in support of cycling in Illinois. Working with state legislatures and local governments on securing funding for infrastructure improvements was another area of emphasis for summit attendees.
As productive as the summit was for all who attended, there is still much work to be done. Take a moment to contact your local representatives and let them know that you support cycling. Better yet, become a League member yourself!
Get Up and Ride National Bike Challenge. Launched at the summit last week, this program is pretty straightforward and self-explanatory.
"The Challenge is simple: Sign up as an individual or as a team, log your miles, share your stories and encourage others to join you. Riders will compete for prizes and awards on the local and national level, including a Grand Prize trip through California wine country from Trek Travel."
This exciting program was first developed by our friends at the Bicycle Federation of Wisconsin in conjunction with Kimberly-Clark Corporation. It has gone national with the help of the League, Bikes Belong, and Endomondo, a social fitness network. Get all the details here and accept the challenge!
I could devote a lot more space to all of the things the League does to make bicycling better for each and every one of us - non-cyclists included. Instead, I'll just lead you to their website and let you discover the benefits for yourself. You will be amazed at the wealth of information you'll find there.
Keep riding and be safe!
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