Today was the Pennsylvania Bike Summit.
We all gathered at the Farm Show Complex and posed for some pictures.
Then we rode down to the Capitol.
Various politicians gave speeches. They read the Governor’s declaration of Bike Month and talked about some bills that are currently before the state legislature. One of them says that cars have to give bikes 4 feet of room when passing. One of them makes it a 2nd degree misdemeanor to intimidate cyclists and pedestrians.
This lady is the Special Assistant to the Secretary of Education from the Department of Education. She gave a talk about Safe Routes to School. Evidently, there’s a bazillion dollars in federal funding for this program that the State is just sitting on. Typical.
The dude from the Rails to Trails Conservancy was cool. I must have snapped this picture when he was making a goofy face. He says Pennsylvania has more miles of rail trails than any other state.
One thing that bugged me was how everyone kept talking about “the sport” of bicycling. And most of the people in the ride were decked out to tour the Swiss Alps, not to ride 3 miles from the Farm Show to the Capitol. Bicycling is no more a sport than walking to the corner store is going on a hike.
Other than that, it was a fun morning. I didn’t stick around to talk to my representatives. Politicians kind of give me the willies.
I have a few more pictures in my Gallery, if you like to look at pictures, look there.