Palo Alto Bicycles’ Jeff Selzer shares on The Business Benefits of Advocacy for Bicycle Retailers session
There’s a few hours before my flight departs; I’m heading home early after 2 days of intense bike advocacy sessions at the Women Bike Conference immediately followed by the National Bike Summit.
Senators, Congressmen and -women have regaled us with inspiring speeches. NYC Transportation Commissioner Janette Sadik-Kahn is the real firebrand; her revolutionary efforts to reshape NYC, combined with her “We’re gonna do it with or without the Feds,” gets us all worked up. She has the courage and support to say what so many know, “The MUTCD was great for when we built the national highway system in the 1960’s,” today we require design standards for the 21st Century where other mobility modes of walking and biking are resurging, along with the vitality of our urban cores.
“Sales tax revenues are up 50% along 8th and 9th,” where she installed the first protected bike lanes in the U.S. “Commercial vacancies are at zero along Columbus Avenue,” where you’ll find more of these separated bike paths.
The Summit is bylined, “Bikes Mean Business” and now I know why.
These 2 days feel like a hothouse incubator for how to reinvigorate our cities, while at the same time, moving our society to a healthier and more sustainable future.
Yes, all due to the bicycle.