Every year, Bike Walk Tennessee organizes a statewide delegation to travel to Washington D.C. for the National Bike Summit. The Summit offers an opportunity for Tennessee advocates to network with other advocates from across the nation, and learn more about the latest developments in policy, infrastructure, and educational programs across the United States. The National Bike Summit also provides participants with an opportunity to talk with members of Congress about federal policy.
Tennessee has been participating in the National Bike Summit since its inception in 2001, with participants representing their constituencies across the state of Tennessee.
The League of American Bicyclists' 21st annual National Bike Summit will be held virtually this year, February 28 - March 3. Virtual presentations on biking and other related topics will take place February 28 - March 2. Wednesday, March 3 is Lobby Day, a time for Summit bicycling advocates from across the nation to discuss upcoming federal transportation legislation with their Congressional members and staff.
During the Summit, the League provides all participants with education on proposed legislation along with messaging and specific asks that are priorities for biking and walking constituencies. The 2021 transportation legislation will determine policies and funding for the next 2-3 years that have significant impacts on safe and accessible biking and walking. This is an opportunity to learn about how federal legislation impacts us locally and voice your support for bills that improve biking and walking.
This all leads up to Lobby Day on March 3, which gives Summit participants the opportunity to meet virtually with their Senators and Representative to advocate for biking and walking. To help further prepare participants for this conversation, Bike Walk Tennessee will be hosting virtual trainings in the evenings on Wednesday, February 24 and Thursday, February 25. Once you have registered for the Summit, Bike Walk Tennessee Board Chair, Dr. Caroline Cooley will follow up with details about the additional training.
Register to attend the 2021 National Bike Summit today!
Membership to the League of American Bicyclists is $45. Registration for League members is $60. For non-League members, registration is $180.
Bike Walk Tennessee encourages anyone who wants to participate in the Summit to become a member of the League of American Bicyclists, not only to save money on Summit registration but also to receive access to discounts and special offers at many retailers and related businesses. Learn more about League membership here!
If you have any questions about the Summit or have trouble registering, please reach out to the League of American Bicyclists Summit team at [email protected]. If you have questions about Bike Walk Tennessee’s advocacy efforts, you can contact our Board Chair, Dr. Caroline Cooley at [email protected].
Thank you so much for being a part of this important opportunity to advocate for safe and equal access to biking and walking at the federal level. We look forward to working with you and seeing you at the Summit!