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Secretary Buttigieg to join #BikeSummit21 for a bike-side chat on Wednesday

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League of American Bicyclists Welcomes Secretary of Transportation Pete Buttigieg for a Bike-side Chat at 2021 National Bike Summit 

Secretary Buttigieg to address more than 1,000 bicycling advocates

More than 1,000 bike advocates will have a chance to hear from US Transportation Secretary Pete Buttigieg at 12pm ET on Wednesday, March 3, at the League of American Bicyclists’ 22nd annual National Bike Summit. The four-day virtual Summit brings together people from across the country around a shared mission to build a Bicycle Friendly America for everyone. 

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“The League knows communities are stronger, people are happier, and life is better for everyone when more people can safely and easily choose to go places by bike,” said Bill Nesper, executive director of the League of American Bicyclists. “Based on his work overseeing the transformation of South Bend into a Bicycle Friendly Community, we’re excited to have a Secretary of Transportation in Pete Buttigieg who also knows the benefits of bicycling and we can’t wait to discuss his vision for the future of our transportation system at the National Bike Summit.”

Secretary Buttigieg joins a proud tradition of Transportation Secretaries in addressing advocates for better bicycling at the League’s annual Summit. The secretary will join the League at 12pm ET on Wednesday, March 3, for remarks and a sit-down discussion with Bill Nesper, the League’s executive director. 

In addition to Secretary Buttigieg, the Summit on Monday also features remarks by the chairmen of both the House and Senate committees writing the next transportation bill, Senator Tom Carper and Representative Peter DeFazio. Both lawmakers say they plan to author transportation bills with significant changes to the status quo. Senator Carper, chairman of the Senate Environment & Public Works Committee, has pledged to draft a bill that will go further than the Senate’s 2019 version of the transportation bill in addressing climate change, safety and innovation. Representative DeFazio, chairman of the House Transportation & Infrastructure Committee, has promised a transformative transportation bill.

“Having these three national transportation leaders joining us at the Summit is a powerful recognition of the millions of American who bike to run errands, to head to work, or as a part being active, and of the hundreds of thousands of advocates in our movement to build better places for people to bike, whether for fun or to everyday destinations,” said Nesper. 

As with previous Summits, #BikeSummit21 will conclude its programming with a Lobby Day on March 3, where hundreds of advocates for better biking will meet with their representatives in Congress and ask lawmakers to support transformative investments in transportation. Other policymakers speaking at the National Bike Summit include: 

  • Representative Earl Blumenauer, Co-Chair, Congressional Bike Caucus
  • Representative Ayanna Pressley, Co-Chair, Future of Transportation Caucus
  • Representative Adriano Espaillat, Member of the House Transportation & Infrastructure Committee. 

The National Bike Summit will take place entirely online from February 28 – March 3, 2021, offering people across the globe the opportunity to participate in the movement to build a Bicycle Friendly America for everyone. The Summit is supported by its sponsors and the agenda is available on the League’s website: bikeleague.org/summit

Join the conversation with the Summit hashtag #BikeSummit21.

About the League of American Bicyclists
The League of American Bicyclists was founded in the 1880s by Americans who saw bicycling as critical to our nation’s future. These early advocates organized and petitioned Congress to pave the first roads in America thereby increasing the accessibility and safety of bicycling. Today, 140 years later, the League continues to promote building a more Bicycle Friendly America for Everyone through advocacy, education, and the promotion of bicycling and its many benefits not only for personal well-being but also for the strength and vitality of our communities and country. We see bicycling as a simple solution for so many of the crises our country is facing, from racial justice to economic recovery to public health to climate change. Learn more at www.bikeleague.org.