The Growth in Air Travelers Arriving by Bike
They laughed when a bike rack was installed at Mitchell Airport, but on some days it's nearly full.
The first time I rode my bike to Mitchell Field 15 years ago for the first National Bike Summit I attended in Washington, D.C., even I wasn’t sure how to get into the airport on a bike friendly route or how to find the bike parking. Needless to say mine was the only bike parked there.
I remember when the City of Milwaukee gave the bike racks to the airport, we got some criticism that nobody would ever use them and it was a waste of money. The same arguments were made in response to the first bike lanes, bike racks on buses and more recently, bikesharing and protected bike lanes.
Over and over again these bicycling boondoggle arguments have been proven wrong and the “if you build it they will ride” argument has proven true. The number of people riding bicycles for transportation has been increasing steadily, if slowly, since that first National Bike Summit I attended 15 years ago, proof that I have not been wasting my time making the trip to spread the good word about bicycling in our nation’s capital.
I will try to keep readers in the loop as our delegation of about 20 advocates, business leaders and citizens heads to the Hill.
In the meantime, you can read about our agenda and our asks on the Summit website on the League of American Bicyclists website here.
UPDATE: While Wisconsinites pedal through our coldest, snowiest winter in decades, Washington, D.C. is paralyzed when a measly one inch of snow falls. Washington International Airport closed and my flight was cancelled, but I caught a lift back home from Mitchell Field in a Wheel & Sprocket van with Chris and Amelia Kegel. We left Heather Fortune from Saris at the airport still trying to book another flight.
Amelia and her dad made it on a 7:25 pm flight. I am on another 9:15 am flight tomorrow. We all have our fingers crossed.