Posted by Jonathan Maus (Publisher/Editor) on February 20th, 2009 at 8:49 am
Oregon Bike Summit
Since its humble beginnings back in 2006, the Oregon Bike Summit has steadily grown into an important event for anyone working to make Oregon, “The Land Bicycles Dream About”. This year, the event will continue that growth and take a big step in its evolution.
Following in the footsteps of the National Bike Summit — which takes place just blocks from Capitol Hill and the White House — the Oregon Bike Summit moves to Salem in 2009 with a focus on lobbying state lawmakers to pass bike-friendly legislation.
The 2009 Oregon Bike Summit will focus on both the state and federal bicycling agenda. Attendees will get primed on how bikes will play a role in the upcoming reauthorization of the Federal Transportation Bill and they will get training on how to lobby state legislators. On the second day of the Summit, attendees will ride over to the Capitol Building and put their new lobbying skills to the test in face-to-face meetings with their representatives.
Besides the always informative breakout sessions and keynote speakers, highlights of this year’s summit will include the unveiling of Travel Oregon’s new bike tourism website, a networking reception with state lawmakers, and an organized bike ride.
In previous years, the Oregon Bike Summit has been held in Eugene, Sisters, and Jantzen Beach. Sponsors of this year’s event include Cycle Oregon, Oregon State Parks, the Bicycle Transportation Alliance, the International Mountain Bicycling Association, Travel Oregon, and the Oregon Department of Transportation.
More information at OregonBikeSummit.com.