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Bikes Belong at National Party Conventions

by Jaymi on August 24, 2008

Belong_Conventions Bikes Belong at National Party Conventions
Bike advocacy group Bikes Belong is teaming up with health insurance company Humana to provide free loaner bikes to both upcoming political national conventions. 1,000 bikes will be available at the Democratic National Convention in Denver, Colorado from August 25-28 and at the Republican National Convention in St. Paul/Minneapolis, Minnesota from September 1-4.

What better way to encourage bike-friendly legislation that to provide the politicos with a saddles-eye view of the bicycle as transportation? Perhaps the effort can even make inroads with the Anti-cycling Administration.

Our goal is to get convention attendees to ride bikes during both conventions. We know that bikes will be perfect for short trips between hotels, convention centers, restaurants, and the convention arenas. We want delegates, officials, the media—10,000+ per convention—volunteers, and the presidential candidates themselves to develop a greater appreciation and respect for the role of bicycling in big cities … and beyond.

The upright city bikes will come with practical cargo-carrying baskets, helmets, and a lock. Each convention will have between 8 and 10 staffed bike stations to check in and check out the rigs as needed.

Bikes Belong hopes to promote the practicality of bikes for short trips. Their website echoes the mission of Clif Bar’s 2-mile Challenge: 40% of trips undertaken by Americans are shorter than 2 miles – just a few pedal strokes away. These quick jaunts, when undetaken by car, are the most damaging to the environment.

“This effort, like everything Bikes Belong does, is bike-partisan.”

Photo via flickr by mooniker

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1 JC, Sr August 1, 2008 at 4:38 pm

The New Britain, Connecticut Public Library has had their own 3 wheeled bike for many years. I’m not up on the details but I’ve often seen an elderly gentleman carrying books in and out from it.

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2 Dave September 24, 2008 at 7:59 pm

I think that is Texas A&M University (the picture) – not in Iowa

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3 Carz July 30, 2009 at 6:07 pm

Question: In producing the bikes, wouldn’t there be a need for carbon-emitting fuels to process the bike’s raw materials? So it still contributes to the problem, no matter how less, right?

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