More Paths and Safer Routes Needed to Make America More Bike-Friendly

National campaign to make America more bike friendly

Earth Force in Alexandria, Va. held two Youth Bike Summits in 1999 and 2000 in Washington, D.C., as part of its Get Out Spoke'N! campaign to make America more bike-friendly.

The bike summits included award ceremonies, roundtable discussions, focus groups and bicycle safety rodeos.

Key Results

  • More than 200 young people participated in each summit.

  • National media attending one or both of the press conferences preceding the Bike Summits included USA Today, the Knight Ridder news organization, and Bicycle USA.

  • Articles on the Bike Summits appeared in React! Magazine, Discover Magazine, the Washington Post and the Denver Post.

Key Findings

  • Focus groups held during the 1999 summit observed that more young people don't ride bikes because there are few safe bike paths, because youth and parents have safety concerns and because bikes are perceived as "uncool."

    In addition, communities need to insist that biking be made part of transportation planning and that bike paths connect neighborhoods.

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