Next month, the National Bike Summit will take place in Washington D.C. For two and a half days, over 700 ”bike people” will descend upon our nation’s capital and will join together to celebrate all we’ve done to increase the number of cyclists around our country. We will strategize about the current challenges we are facing, and we will meet with our elected officials to ask for additional policy support to make it easier to create safe places to ride.
This is the big league, and our nation’s leaders who have “been there, done that” will spread their knowledge and share their battle wounds. It’s an impressive feat to see the large room of advocates, retail dealers, the bike industry and local officials working together to achieve a common goal—the bright colored bike pins show our unity and give a sense of whim and delight to our message. But, overall, this is where the serious business gets done.
Last week, we, in the upper Midwest, survived the Polar Vortex of 2014. It was dramatic, even for us hearty stock – schools were closed for 2 days; the media warned against taking pets outside; and the story floated around our office that an escaped criminal turned himself in because the cold weather was worse than the alternative. Personally, I learned that you really can tell the difference between 5° and – 12°. Yes, my friends, it was cold. Read More
As the end of the year approaches, it’s time for reflection. What was accomplished this year? What changed? What stood out? What was unexpected (in the positive and in the negative)? Where do we go from here? Maybe it’s that my Facebook feed is filled with summary and best-of-the-year articles, or maybe it’s just that I’m getting older, but I definitely sense the reflective feeling surrounding me these days.
Over the last couple of years, as a benefit of the Green Lane Project, key city leaders have had the opportunity to experience European cities like Amsterdam and Copenhagen, learning about what their city leaders have done over the past 40 years to deliberately create the world class cycling culture they now enjoy. The goal of these learning experiences is to cherry pick the best practices so that we, in the United States, can get there FASTER and BETTER. How very American! Read More
In 1969 50% of our youth were walking or biking to school. Within the span of one generation, that percentage dramatically dropped to just 13% in 2009. During that same time span, rates of obesity soared among children of all ages in the United States, with more than 33% of our youth who are now overweight or obese or at risk of becoming so. With these facts in mind and our commitment to encouraging and enhancing bicycling, we designed a poster contest to engage fifth graders on the numerous benefits of the bicycle. We believe that through the bicycle we can enhance the quality of life for our youth.
- 2013 Winner
- 2012 Winner
- 2011 Winner