Friday, March 20, 2009

2009 National Bike Summit Update

Happy Spring, everyone!!
Activate Omaha staff recently attended the 2009 National Bike Summit in Washington DC that was sponsored by the League of American Bicyclists. It was a great opportunity to learn about the issues, network with other cycling and Safe Routes to School advocates, and of course, to make our voices heard to our Congressional representatives!

Members of the Nebraska delegation that also attended last year's summit reported a definite shift in culture this year - one that was more optimistic and open to ideas. We were able to highlight the growing political will in Omaha, as evidenced by the creation of the Mayor's Bicycle/Pedestrian Advisory Committee, the attendance at our own bike summit last fall by many key business and political leaders, and the increasing participation in Activate Omaha's Bicycle Commuter Challenge.

To learn more about the issues (notibly, Complete Streets and CLEAN-TEA), please see the League's website at

Additionally, LAB Executive Director (and recent guest of Activate Omaha!) Andy Clarke, testified yesterday before the Select Committee Energy Independence and Global Warming hearing titled "Constructing a Green Transportation Policy: Transit Modes and Infrastructure". You can read his testimony here.

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