For 15 years we’ve looked forward to it as a rite of spring: the trek to the nation’s capital for the largest annual gathering of bicycle advocates in the country. Hundreds of advocates, retailers, industry leaders, media and more convene at the National Bike Summit in Washington D.C. to lobby Congress to build a bicycle-friendly America for everyone.
In 2015, the Summit will be held March 10-12, in conjunction with the National Forum on Women & Bicycling. The theme will be “Bikes+”, and will “zero in on how the bike movement can add value to other issues and find powerful champions in health, community development and the business sector,” according to the Summit’s host, the League of American Bicyclists.
Topics of discussion
- Vision Zero: Cities around the country are setting goals of reducing traffic fatalities to zero. How has it changed transportation policy, and what are they learning?
- Retrofitting Suburbia: Ellen Dunham Jones, Professor of Architecture and Urban Design at Georgia Tech, will inspire us to believe that the suburbs can be saved for bicycling, and document how the bicycling community can plug into that effort.
- Building a Leadership Pipeline: A major lesson learned from this year’s election was that picking the right candidate matters. Kara Hollingsworth, principal of political leadership at Wellstone Action, will discuss the components, process and best practices to develop an effective candidate recruitment and leadership pipeline for your local organization.
The Summit will also feature the National Forum on Women & Bicycling, an event that has grown in just three years to nearly 450 attendees in 2014. Building on its success by digging deeper, the Forum will focus on a Big Idea that will drive change at all levels: creating more diverse leaders, and proposing new systems of leadership to infuse more creativity and innovation into the bike movement.
Don’t miss this opportunity to be part of the next generation of thinkers and doers, join us at the Summit. Early registration is open now through January 31.
Today the League of American Bicyclists announced 55 new and renewing Bicycle Friendly Communities (BFC). With this new round, 69 million people live in a Bicycle Friendly Community as the program extends to all 50 states.
These new awardees join a leading group of more than 325 communities in all 50 states that are improving health, safety and quality of life in cities and towns nationwide.
The BFC program provides a roadmap to building a Bicycle Friendly Community and the application itself has become a rigorous and an educational tool in itself. Since its inception, more than 800 distinct communities have applied and the five levels of the award – diamond, platinum, gold, silver and bronze – provide a clear incentive for communities to continuously improve.
The following communities are new or have moved to a higher level:
Moved up to Gold
New to Silver
Moved up to Silver
New Orleans, Louisiana
New to Bronze
Arroyo Grande, California
Battle Creek, Michigan
Carson City, Nevada
Fargo, North Dakota/Moorhead, Minnesota
Greater Grand Forks, North Dakota/Minnesota
Greater Wenatchee, Washington
Honolulu City and County, Hawaii
Morro Bay, California
New Britain, Connecticut
New Haven, Connecticut
Peachtree City, Georgia
Riverdale City, Utah
South Lake County, Florida
South San Francisco, California
To apply or learn more about the BFC program, visit bikeleague.org/community.