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2016 NATIONAL BIKE SUMMIT & WOMEN'S FORUM REFLECTIONS ON THE NATIONAL BIKE SUMMIT BY NGANI NDIMBIE 30 BICYCLE FRIENDLY AMERICA blown or consciences were offended, they didn't show it. In the end it was great to listen to a presentation that discussed these intersections in a room where everyone's participation seemed very open and intentional. For me, the most important thing that came out of the Mobility as a Civil Right workshop was a solid framework for an event that I could bring home to Pittsburgh-our own Mobility as a Civil Right forum. Discussing mobility as a right is the perfect structure under which to bring together a diverse group of people who have long been working diligently to improve conditions for low income people and people of color in Pittsburgh. Since changing lanes to become a full time advocate for biking and walking I've been unnerved by comments from friends that I've worked with for years on issues like immigration reform, police accountability and improving our public schools. They regularly express deep contempt for Pittsburgh's new commitment to improving bike infrastructure. It's never more than few weeks before I see yet another social media post from a colleague denouncing bike lanes as elitist. But I know these people well, and I know how hard they work to see Pittsburgh become a more just and livable city for all of its residents. Our local forum discussing #mobilityequity will serve as Rick Reinhard. A s I waited for the Mobility as a Human Right panel discussion to begin I wondered if the presentation was going to discuss equity in mobility within the scope of other civil and human rights struggles. My answer came quickly, the video from PolicyLink that began the session confirmed that the presenters were going to talk about the active transportation movement as it relates to immigration, police brutality, Occupy Wall Street, workers rights, mass incarceration and the war on drugs-the civil rights movements that our nation and world face today. My personal commitment to the biking and walking movement comes from a deep desire to bring safety back to the most affordable forms of transportation and respect to the people who use them. I dream of a Pittsburgh where quality of life isn't directly tied to car ownership. More than 10 years into my journey as a social justice activist, I see cities' prioritization of vehicles over people as simply another form of state-supported injustice. Yet I'll admit that I felt uncomfortable as I watched this short video which reinforced my beliefs. I wondered if it was divisive, I wondered whether people were ready for something that so distinctly pushed the boundaries of the biking movement. But if people's minds were a place for advocates of all stripes to listen, better understand the intersections of our work, and work together to make Pittsburgh's future transportation opportunities more equitable. As the video that played at the start of the session illustrated, equity in transportation is multifaceted. It was a great reminder that our work is only done when streets are safe places for everyone, and that social justice and bike activists must work together to achieve that vision. Mobility as a Civil Right Moderator Brentin Mock of The Atlantic CityLab

Table of Contents for the Digital Edition of Bicycle Friendly America Spring/Summer 2016

Social Media
Core Values, Unique Contributions
A Silver-Level Playbook: Arlington, Virginia
How Cycling Can Help Solve Global Warming
What The Bicycling Movements Could Learn From the Climate Movement
Photos from Bike Lobby Day
Senator Ben Cardin, Legislator of the Year
Getting to Know Kathy Durham
Plenary Sessions
Memphis Hightailers: Bicycle Club of the Year
Bike Lobby Day: A Nevada Perspective
Call for League Board Applications
Reflections on the National Bike Summit
Photo Highlights of Bike Lobby Day in DC
Architect of the Capitol–Bicycle Friendly Business
Summit Demographic Information
2016 Catalyst Award Recipient: Community Cycling Center

Bicycle Friendly America Spring/Summer 2016