Bicycles for Change

Think Globally, Act Locally.

We’ve all seen that bumper sticker (often stuck on an Outback or Prius). December’s World Climate Summit in Paris reminded us to think globally about climate change and environmental concerns around the world.

As world leaders take steps to change some of the big stuff (e.g. – a reduction in carbon admissions, an increase in renewable technology), everyday people and advocacy groups make a difference locally, in their own communities. One such group is the League of American Bicyclists.

The League will hold its 16th annual Bike Summit and Women’s Forum in Washington D.C. on March 7-9. The event brings together advocates, bike industry leaders, local decision makers, engineers, and planners with a goal of creating a “bicycle-friendly America.”

A big goal, but the League has the experience to get it done. In fact, League members started advocating for better bicycling way back in 1880 when the League was founded as the American Wheelmen. If you think driver hostility towards bicyclists is something new, the Wheelmen “faced antagonism from horsemen, wagon drivers, and pedestrians.” Some things never change.

Attendees will discuss emerging trends in the bicycle world, hear speakers, attend workshops, and network their bike shoes off. As part of an organized Lobby Day, participants will meet with top government officials and members of Congress (please tell Elizabeth Warren we said “hello”).

illumiNITE won’t make this year’s Summit, but we wish our bicycling friends good luck in their efforts.

Onward American Wheelmen!

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