#BikeSummit11: Hacking Into The Conference From A Far
The League of American Cyclists 2011 Bike Summit is now underway in Washington D.C. Besides the expected at a conference of advocates of a single issue, back slapping and cheerleading (all good things), this is also a time for them to meet with key policy makers to lobby for continued and further investments in the bicycling as a real transportation solution. As the LAC point out, 90% of U.S. trips under 3 miles are made by car, and those short trips represent half of all trips, so a little investment in automobile alternatives IS a key solution to our oil habit.
The next best thing to being there is following the events on Twitter at #BikeSummit11. Below are a few of the Tweets from this morning’s activities, including keynote address by Janette Sadik-Khan, the Commissioner of the New York City Department of Transportation. NYC has made dramatic increases in bicycling facilities, promotion and education in the last 5 years. The results are a dramatic increase in bike commuters and a dramatic decrease in crashes.
If it is built, it will be used.
And, some news closer to home from the summit:
And, thank you to the all the people with thumbs Tweeting away at the conference.