Bike-share advocates educate Washington

Smart City Chirine Etezadzadeh

Lobbying for bike-sharing, also means lobbying for the environment and public health. Image source: Shutterstock (#352002641).

Representatives of the North American Bikeshare Association (NABSA) and PeopleForBikes have recently undertaken a one-day bike-share lobbying and education effort in Washington, D.C.

“Our D.C. trip is a sign that it’s an important industry to recognize and support,” says Sam Herr, NABSA executive director. “We made very clear that bike-share has far-reaching effects that are bipartisan. We wanted to show our representatives that we’re having impacts not only in the realm of transportation, but also innovation, economic development, sustainability and public health.”

The main goal was to prevent an amendment that could cut a key federal source of bicycle funding, and to educate Congress on the evolution of the bike-share industry. They also supported the Bikeshare Transit Act that would render bike-share eligible for pre-tax commuter benefits.

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