National Bike Summit

This National Bike Summit is the annual gathering of America’s cycling advocates. BikePortland has traveled to Washington D.C. to cover it nearly every year of our existence since 2006. Browse all our photos and stories below.

USDOT Sec. Foxx focuses on safety, politics and economics at Summit speech

Avatar by on March 4th, 2014 at 11:05 am

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US DOT Sec. Anthony Foxx at the
National Bike Summit.
(Photo by J. Maus/BikePortland)

—BikePortland’s coverage from Washington D.C. is made possible by Planet Bike.

U.S. Department of Transportation Secretary Anthony Foxx made his National Bike Summit debut today. The man that used to hold his job, Ray LaHood, was a crowd favorite for many years and had endeared himself with advocates for his pro-bike proclamations (sometimes delivered via tabletop).

Sec. Foxx was well aware of LaHood’s legacy and began his speech today by saying, “I have big shoes to fill.” Looking to bolster his cycling cred, Foxx showed a photo of himself riding one of Charlotte, North Carolina’s bikeshare bikes. Foxx oversaw the launch of bike share during his time as mayor of Charlotte.

After joking that the photo was of him competing in a stage of the Tour de France, Foxx said: “The truth is, I’m a huge fan of biking and my family is as well.” [Read more…]

Blumenauer uses Summit keynote to rally troops around gas tax increase

Avatar by on March 4th, 2014 at 7:40 am

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Time is right for a gas tax increase,
says Rep. Blumenauer.
(Photo by J. Maus/BikePortland)

—BikePortland’s coverage from Washington D.C. is made possible by Planet Bike.

Amid the backdrop of renewed optimism that a new transportation bill is coming sooner than later, Congressman Earl Blumenauer headlined the opening plenary at the first full day of the National Bike Summit. Blumenauer used the occasion to urge the 700-plus advocates to help him push a gas tax increase as a way to steer the federal government away from the impending cliff transportation funding is heading off.

It’s the first time in 21 years, Blumenauer said, that he’s stumping around the country for a gas tax increase. Why? Because the doomsday scenario of the Highway Trust Fund drying up are becoming very real, very fast. [Read more…]

Oregon advocacy team sets strategy for Capitol Hill lobby day

Avatar by on March 3rd, 2014 at 4:15 pm

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Oregon residents at the National Bike Summit listen to state delegation leader Rob Sadowsky (upper left) discuss the lobbying day strategy.
(Photos by J. Maus/BikePortland)

—BikePortland’s coverage from Washington D.C. is made possible by Planet Bike.

The stage has been set for Wednesday’s lobbying day on Capitol Hill. Each year on the second full day of the National Bike Summit, advocates from each state join together, march up to the Senate and House office buildings to talk bikes with their elected representatives. It’s the heart of the Summit and one of the most important things that happens here.

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Costumes not commutes, and other tips to cultivate the ‘all powerful bike lobby’

Avatar by on March 3rd, 2014 at 1:58 pm

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“You don’t create more riders with
suits and ties and spandex,” reads a slide
from Lily Karabaic’s presentation.
(Photos by J. Maus/BikePortland)

—BikePortland’s coverage from Washington D.C. is made possible by Planet Bike.

The National Women’s Cycling Forum is like a day-long master class in how to infect women and communities with the bicycling bug. For the hundreds of professional advocates and rising-star activists in attendance, there is a ton of great advice and inspiration being offered up. In one session this morning, Cultivating the All Powerful Bike Lobby, we were introduced to several women on the front lines of community-based bike advocacy.

The session was moderated by Leah Shahum, the 13 year veteran leader of the 12,000 member San Francisco Bicycle Coalition. She knows a lot about the bike lobby and the power that can come with putting it to use. Early in her career, Leah shared, she was “nervous” about the idea of power. It seemed like some sinister force and the idea of using it to her advantage was “difficult to grasp.” But years into her advocacy career, she’s figured it out. “I realized in the end that power is all about people… It’s about people’s stories and connecting people who make decisions with people in communities who have a different kind of power.”

But how can advocates for bicycling make that connection stronger?[Read more…]

Major snowstorm impacts Oregon advocacy at National Bike Summit

Avatar by on March 3rd, 2014 at 9:46 am

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The scene outside the Renaissance Hotel where the Women’s Cycling Forum and National Bike Summit are being held.
(Photos by J. Maus/BikePortland)
—BikePortland’s coverage from Washington D.C. is made possible by Planet Bike. —

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Women’s Bicycling Forum kicks off with inspiring speakers

Avatar by on March 3rd, 2014 at 8:42 am

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450 people have signed up for this year’s Women’s Forum,
twice as many the first year in 2012.
(Photos by J. Maus/BikePortland)

BikePortland coverage from Washington D.C. is made possible by Planet Bike.

The Opening Plenary of the third annual National Women’s Bicycling Forum opened today with a series of TED-style presentations from an impressive line-up of female leaders.

About 450 people have signed up for the Women’s Forum this year, that’s over twice as many that attended the first edition in 2012. They’re hear to learn and be inspired by a full day of speakers, networking, and break-out sessions.

Before the opening plenary got started this morning, League of American Bicyclists President Andy Clarke said that their Women Bike program is “transforming the League and transforming our movement.” For the League, Women Bike has become a key pillar of their larger equity initiative which includes efforts to broaden the bicycling and advocacy tent to welcome women, communities of color, and kids.
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Thoughts turn to D.C. and the National Bike Summit

Avatar by on February 27th, 2014 at 11:41 am

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Get ready D.C., the nation’s bike lovers are on their way.
(Photo by J. Maus/BikePortland)

It’s that time of the year once again when hundreds of advocates, activists and bike lovers of all stripes converge on Washington D.C. for the League of American Bicyclists’ National Bike Summit. I’ll be attending again this year (my eighth time!), so stay tuned next week for various reports, musings, photos, and so on.
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National Bike Summit agenda released as transpo bill hearings get underway

Avatar by on January 10th, 2014 at 3:06 pm

Time to unite some spokes in D.C.

It’s that time of year when advocates from around the country make plans to attend the annual National Bike Summit, hosted by the League of American Bicyclists in Washington D.C.. And in a fortunate twist of timing, the same week the League released the agenda, I also read a big announcement from Capitol Hill: “Committee Hearing to Launch Surface Transportation Reauthorization Process.”

The first hearings on the next transportation bill (not to mention a new face atop the U.S. Department of Transportation) should add a welcome dose of urgency to the Summit. The current transportation bill (MAP-21) is set to expire at the end of September.[Read more…]

Final thoughts on the 2013 National Bike Summit

Avatar by on March 8th, 2013 at 11:35 pm

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League President Andy Clarke addresses attendees of the National Bike Summit after a day of lobbying on Capitol Hill Wednesday.
(Photos © J. Maus/BikePortland)

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Favorite photos from the 2013 National Bike Summit

Avatar by on March 8th, 2013 at 11:32 pm

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The official Bike Summit Bike Ride on Thursday morning rolled out under gorgeous skies.
(Photos © J. Maus/BikePortland)

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