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Report from the National Bicycle Summit

Lauren, Gary Fisher, and Chris in suits

A Report from the National Bicycle Summit, March 19th – 22nd 2012:

Chris Orr and I had a blast in Washington DC at the National Bike Summit. Together with over 800 people representing 49 states, we lobbied our representatives to continue federal funding for cycling and walking programs as part of the transportation bill, and thanked them for reinstating the Recreational Trails Program. The Recreational Trails Program, which has funded over 235 trail projects in California alone, was cut in earlier versions of the transportation bill. Thanks to a huge number of emails from concerned citizens, including many members of SBMTV, we were able to have this funding reinstated.

 

Lauren with Santa Barbara Bicycle Coalition members Tim Burgess and Ed France

We  met with legislative aids from Rep. Gallegly’s office to make sure that the proposed Los Padres National Forest wilderness bill appropriately protects the land, and does not close any currently used mountain bike trails in our forest. SBMTV donates over two thousand hours per year of volunteer time to maintaining the trails in our forest. A wilderness bill would not only prohibit us from riding on those trails, it would make trail maintenance substantially more expensive and time consuming. Together with representatives from IMBA, we are working with all of the stakeholders to ensure that the needs and concerns of mountain bikers are addressed.

Chris and Lauren together with representatives from the Santa Barbara Bicycle Coalition and San Luis Obispo Bicycle Coalition in Representative Capps’s office. Rep. Lois Capps has been very supportive of walking and cycling programs including Safe Routes to School and the Recreational Trails Program

Our first meeting was with Representative Lois Capps, who has been very supportive of walking and cycling, and of the recreational trails program. We look forward to continuing a productive relationship with her and her staff.

Big thanks to SBMTV for the chance to represent such an impressive and outstanding organization! I was proud to tell other IMBA members about the huge strides we have made in Santa Barbara, and hear some inspiring stories of what other groups have accomplished.

-Lauren Kernochan, active SBMTV member

 

Jonathan Jarvis, Director of the National Park Service - talking about the importance of recreational opportunities

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Lauren rides on the Capitol!

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Oregon Reperesentative Earl Blumenauer closing down the summit with a pep talk!

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The National Bike Summit Friday Ride heads back to the Capitol after a two hour roll around DC's bike lanes and bike paths.

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