This week I am in Washington DC with more than 800 walking and bicycling advocates (Citizens, Business Owners, Manufacturers, Town Planners, Engineers, Bike Trail Planning Consultants, Mass Transit Representatives, Moms and Dads, Students and Adults with Mobility Challenges) for the National Bike Summit (Follow on Twitter at #NBS12).
On Thursday, I, along with 20 other Wisconsin representatives, will be taking the walk to the Capitol to meet with our Wisconsin Senators and Representatives. I am here, after hearing a very passionate presentation given by John Burke, CEO of Trek Bicycles. He suggested that every citizen concerned with their health, obesity in the USA, jobs, and biking needed to take action. That included writing and talking with their elected representatives, attending their state bike summit and then going to the National Bike Summit. Well, I did all that and now here I am in Washington.
What you can do
There is something you can do in Wisconsin, Columbia County and in the Scenic Lodi Valley. We live here, so we know what a great place this is to ride our bikes. Scenic rural roads, breath taking destinations, and a rapidly growing bike trail system that can take us off road or on the road from Minnesota to Milwaukee on US Bike Route 30. But we need your help.
I invite you to take action with your state senators and representatives across WI for a state-wide call-in day to support local advocates like me who are rallying in DC . We’ll be meeting with Congressmen and women in scheduled appointments as part of the National Bike Summit.
Please support our efforts to protect Complete Streets, Safe Routes To School, Rails-to-Trails, and all walking and bicycling funding and policies at the federal level by taking action with suggestions on the League of American Bicyclist Take Action Page. The League of American Bicyclists have also provided some information specific to Wisconsin, by district. The Wisconsin Bicycle Federation has created some excellent information sheets, which can be found online.
What will you do to Save Biking?
- February Wisconsin Bike Summit Educates All (lodivalleynews.com)