State Lawmakers Take to Two Wheels for Bipartisanship Bike Ride at NCSL Summit
Minneapolis—State lawmakers are taking to the streets of Minneapolis, but this is no campaign stop: It’s the 10th annual Bipartisan Bike Ride at the National Conference of State Legislatures’ (NCSL) 40th annual Legislative Summit.
More than 150 lawmakers, legislative staff and other Summit attendees will be participating in the ride, which begins at 6 a.m. Friday, Aug. 22, at the Minneapolis Convention Center Park Plaza, directly across Grant Street from the convention center. Celebrating its 10th consecutive year, the ride will cover 10 miles and take lawmakers through downtown Minneapolis, the University of Minnesota campus and across the Mighty Mississippi River on the city’s renowned bike bridges.
The ride gives give lawmakers a chance to network, exercise and take in the scenery of a beautiful city known for its bike-friendly streets. Boasting more than 177 miles of on- and off-road trails, Minneapolis has been ranked among the best cities in the country for bicycles by Bike Score, Bicycling Magazine and the U.S. Census Bureau.
Since 2005, legislators representing 27 states, the Virgin Islands and Guam, along with lawmakers from Canada and Germany, have taken part in this annual event. This year’s ride is hosted by Texas Senator Rodney Ellis (D), Texas Representative Linda Harper Brown (R), Minnesota Senate President Sandy Pappas (DFL) and Minnesota Senators Scott Dibble (DFL), Julie Rosen (R) and David Senjem (R).
“We’re all looking forward to it,” said Pappas. “Great weather, great trail, great exercise and great camaraderie! Join us!”
The ride is a collaboration of NCSL, BikeTexas and the Bicycle Alliance of Minnesota. It is generously sponsored by Walmart, BNSF Railway, General Mills, Primal, Siemens, QBP (Quality Bicycle Products), PeopleForBikes.org and The American Society of Civil Engineers.
NCSL’s annual Summit provides a forum for lawmakers to engage in dialogue on issues of pressing importance to the states. This year’s agenda includes more than 100 sessions and presentations from speakers including Sir Ken Robinson, retired Army General Wesley Clark, humanitarian Cindy McCain and best-selling author duo Mark Halperin and John Heilemann of Bloomberg Politics.
Since 1975, NCSL has served as the bipartisan organization serving the legislators and staffs of the states, commonwealths and territories. It provides research, technical assistance and opportunities for policymakers to exchange ideas on the most pressing state issues and is an effective and respected advocate for the interests of the states in the American federal system.