Congressman Petri to be honored at the Summit

Photo from Rep. Tom Petri riding next to Crown Prince Frederik of Denmark while on an official visit in Washington DC and today he was on a bike ride with a bunch of people. He's seen above, with a politically correct helmet, but riding relaxed in best Citizen Cyclist style next to Congressman Tom Petri, from Wisconsin, with other politicians and athletes in tow.

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.

About Kevin Hardman, Former Executive Director

Kevin is the former Executive Director of the Wisconsin Bike Fed. He lives in Wauwatosa with his wife and three daughters. Kevin is happiest on a bike, any type of bike!

2 thoughts on “Congressman Petri to be honored at the Summit

    • The Bike Fed always invites all political leaders to the bike-partisan Bike Summit, no matter what party they belong to. But to be factual, all Democrats have not always supported bicycling. When I first began going to the national bike summit in 2001,(the third year) and the state bike summit (this is the 4th at the Capitol), most democrats didn’t have any clue that bicycling even was an issue. It was a result of direct advocacy by those who attended the summits that raised the profile of bicycling. To this day there remain quite a few democrats who do not support cycling in any meaningful way. Some have told me personally that bicycling is not an issue for their constituents. And to fair to Rep. Tom Petri (R-WI), he has supported cycling longer than I have been an advocate. He and former Rep. Jim Oberstar (D-MN) and current Rep. Earl Blumenauer (D-OR) have been institutionalized bicycle advocates in Washington for a very long time. We are honoring Congressman Petri at this summit, not only for his long support of cycling, but for his recent support of cycling in the face of extreme pressure from his party leadership.

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