Last week Wisconsin’s very own Congressman Tom Petri stood against strong opposition in the House to put forth an amendment to restore bicycle funding in the Federal Transportation bill. Although Congressman Petri’s amendment did not pass, standing up for cycling in the face of extreme pressure from his party leadership further solidified his position as one of of the strongest supporters of cycling on Capitol Hill and a man of principal above politics. Congressman Petri is receiving accolades and attention from dozens of national organizations for his work.
I have been so moved by Congressman Petri’s leadership that I extended an invitation to the Congressman to the 2012 Wisconsin Bike Summit on February 21, 2012. I’m very happy to announce that he has accepted our invitation. I hope you will also join us at the summit where we will take the opportunity to thank and honor Congressman Petri for his long history of supporting cycling and his most recent stand in our defense.
Please attend the 2012 Wisconsin Bike Summit. While it is wonderful to have leadership like Rep. Petri, he and our great bicycle community need your presence and your voice now more than ever if we are stop efforts to reverse all the progress cycling has seen over the last 20 years. I promise you’ll be motivated, you’ll be inspired and you’ll be reminded how important it is to protect something we all love: Wisconsin bicycling.