The National Bike Summit is in full swing up in Washington, D.C. We’ve got Mir on the case and are hoping for some detailed “insider reporting”. In the meantime, lots of good stuff is going on as part of the National Women’s Cycling Forum, including this discussion on building bike advocacy with some new angles:
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.
We’d love to hear from our readers — what are bike advocates doing right? What are we doing wrong? What sorts of techniques do you think we should focus on to take transportational cycling out of the “niche” and make it more acceptable to the mainstream? Please leave your comments below.
Holla Bike Commuters: break out your cardigan sweaters and flat-heeled boots, cycle ladies, and for you DC cycle gents, maybe your oxfords and V-neck sweaters! It’s Capital bike time… For those of you in the DC area, come check out the National Bike Summit and the National Women’s Bicycling Forum March 3-5, 2014. I’ll be there, lurking, casually… and attending related free-events as much as possible!
Don’t be turned off by the storm, see you there!
Registration is closed online, but still available on site.
I’ll be weaseling my way into the 4pm event this afternoon. If you’re in the hood and looking for a last minute excuse to pedal power before the storm hits, join us!
Online registration is now closed. You can register on-site at the Renaissance Hotel in Washington, D.C., on March 3.
Sunday, March 2
4 – 7 p.m.
Media Training For Bicycle Advocates Renaissance Hotel: Congressional B
Whether you’re showing off a new bike lane, drumming up support for federal bike funding, or calling attention to a safety hazard on your corner, you’ve got a story to tell about biking. Reporters want to help you tell that story — but you need to know how to work with them. Or, you can tell that story yourself!Â Join us for the first-ever National Bike Summit media training — hosted by the League of American Bicyclists, Streetsblog and Streetfilms — on Sunday, March 2, from 4 to 7 p.m. at the Renaissance DC (999 9th St NW).Â Read more and register.
7 â€“ 9 p.m.
We love meeting our readers and bringing together our online community in real life. Weâ€™ll be hanging out post-media training at RFD (Regional Food & Drink) in the back bar. Weâ€™ll provide some yummy appetizers, and RFDâ€™s full menu of entrees is available if youâ€™ve worked up a serious appetite.Â RSVP here.Â RFD back bar, 810 7th St. NW (two blocks from the Summit hotel).Â $10 at the door gets you a free drink.