After the dramatic twists and turns of bike advocacy on Capitol Hill this year and last, Congress passed a new federal transportation law that dramatically cuts funding for bicycling. Now more than ever, lawmakers need to hear from dealers that bicycling has a big impact on local economies from coast to coast.
The NBDA is giving dealers this chance.
Dealers who are members of NBDA and first-time attendees of the National Bike Summit are invited to fill out a quick online questionnaire (www.bikeleague.org/nbda12) to be entered to win one of 25 $1,000 sponsorships to attend the 2013 Summit.
“Our members are the premier dealers in the United States,” says Fred Clements, executive director of NBDA. “Perhaps more than any other attendee, dealers are able to directly connect how bicycling affects a congressmembers’s district, and why bicycling means business.”
The League is administering the program on behalf of NBDA, and promoting the scholarships to broaden the applicant and attendee pool. “Having lots of dealers at the Summit each year is a big part of our success,” says Andy Clarke, League president. “We are happy to be partnering with NBDA to ensure 25 dealers join us for the first time this year.”
Carolyn SzczepanskiCarolyn joined the League in March 2012, after two years at the Alliance for Biking & Walking. In addition to managing the League's blog, magazine and other communications, Carolyn organized the first National Women's Bicycling Summit and launched the League's newest program: Women Bike. Before she crossed over to advocacy, she was a professional journalist for nearly 10 years.