US Transportation Secretary Pete Buttigieg to address 2021 National Bike Summit Wed; Missouri fields strong delegation to Summit

The 2021 National Bike Summit is underway--virtually this year--and Missouri is fielding a strong delegation to the Summit, as we have most years. MoBikeFed along with BikeWalkKC and Missourians for Responsible Transportation (representing BikeWalkKC, Trailnet, Ozark Greenways, and Pednet) are attending the Summit and Congressional meetings this  year.

Meetings with the Missouri congressional delegation are slated for Wednesday at the Summit, as is an address from recently appointed U.S. Transportation Secretary Pete Buttigieg. 

Buttigieg recently made news as bystanders caught him riding a Capitol Bikeshare bike home from work--the first Transportation Secretary to bike commute, as far as we know.

Buttigieg as mayor of South Bend, IN, made some significant improvements to the city's bicycle infrastructure and complete streets program.  Will that translate to his work at USDOT?  We hope so--and Bicycling Magazine weighs in with their thoughts on the issue, as does StreetsBlog.

The League of American Bicyclist's post about the 2021 Summit gives more information about Buttigieg's speech coming up Wednesday (11am CST) as well as other national transportation policy-makers who have addressed this year's Summit: 

More than 1,000 bike advocates will have a chance to hear from US Transportation Secretary Pete Buttigieg at 12pm ET on Wednesday, March 3, at the League of American Bicyclists’ 22nd annual National Bike Summit. The four-day virtual Summit brings together people from across the country around a shared mission to build a Bicycle Friendly America for everyone.

Recently appointed U.S. Secretary of Transportation Pete Buttigieg
Recently appointed U.S. Secretary of Transportation Pete Buttigieg will speak at the 2021 National Bike Summit Wednesday (Wikimedia Commons)

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"The League knows communities are stronger, people are happier, and life is better for everyone when more people can safely and easily choose to go places by bike,” said Bill Nesper, executive director of the League of American Bicyclists. “Based on his work overseeing the transformation of South Bend into a Bicycle Friendly Community, we’re excited to have a Secretary of Transportation in Pete Buttigieg who also knows the benefits of bicycling and we can’t wait to discuss his vision for the future of our transportation system at the National Bike Summit."

Secretary Buttigieg joins a proud tradition of Transportation Secretaries in addressing advocates for better bicycling at the League’s annual Summit. The secretary will join the League at 12pm ET on Wednesday, March 3, for remarks and a sit-down discussion with Bill Nesper, the League’s executive director. 

In addition to Secretary Buttigieg, the Summit on Monday also features remarks by the chairmen of both the House and Senate committees writing the next transportation bill, Senator Tom Carper and Representative Peter DeFazio. Both lawmakers say they plan to author transportation bills with significant changes to the status quo. Senator Carper, chairman of the Senate Environment & Public Works Committee, has pledged to draft a bill that will go further than the Senate’s 2019 version of the transportation bill in addressing climate change, safety and innovation. Representative DeFazio, chairman of the House Transportation & Infrastructure Committee, has promised a transformative transportation bill.

“Having these three national transportation leaders joining us at the Summit is a powerful recognition of the millions of American who bike to run errands, to head to work, or as a part being active, and of the hundreds of thousands of advocates in our movement to build better places for people to bike, whether for fun or to everyday destinations,” said Nesper. 

As with previous Summits, #BikeSummit21 will conclude its programming with a Lobby Day on March 3, where hundreds of advocates for better biking will meet with their representatives in Congress and ask lawmakers to support transformative investments in transportation. Other policymakers speaking at the National Bike Summit include: 

  • Representative Earl Blumenauer, Co-Chair, Congressional Bike Caucus
  • Representative Ayanna Pressley, Co-Chair, Future of Transportation Caucus
  • Representative Adriano Espaillat, Member of the House Transportation & Infrastructure Committee.

Making Missouri a better, safer place to walk, bicycle, and use trails is the primary goal of the Missouri Bicycle & Pedestrian Federation and our Vision for Bicycling and Walking in Missouri. Working to support better laws, policy, and funding for bicycling, walking, and trails at the federal level through our relationships with Missouri members of Congress and their staff members, and supporting the work of national organizations who work on these policies and laws, are important aspects of that work.

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Image credits

#1. League of American Bicyclists

#2. Gage Skidmore on Wikimedia Commons