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  • Meagan Dorsch
    Director of Public Affairs
  • Jon Kuhl
    Public Affairs Specialist
    Washington, D.C.
Aug. 7, 2012

Lawmakers Bike for Bipartisanship

State Legislators from Across the Country and Political Spectrum Bike Through Chicago in Spirit of Bipartisanship

CHICAGO – State legislators are trading gavels for gears at the National Conference of State Legislatures’ (NCSL) 37th annual Legislative Summit.

The 8th annual Bipartisan Bike Ride will give participants the opportunity to see the great sights of downtown Chicago. Since 2005, more than 80 legislators, representing 27 states, the Virgin Islands and Guam, along with lawmakers from Canada and Germany have taken part in this annual ride.

“The Bipartisan Bike Ride is an invaluable way to really see the city up close, while strengthening relationships with your fellow legislators,” said Texas Representative Linda Harper-Brown, co-chair of NCSL’s Transportation Committee.

The ride begins at 6:15 a.m. on Wednesday, Aug. 8, and will end around 7:30 a.m. The ride begins and ends at Congress Plaza, on the corner of Michigan Avenue and Harrison Street, a block and a half north of the Hilton Chicago. Bikes and helmets will be provided. Pre-registration is required, with priority given to legislators and their immediate family. And space is limited!

“This ride is a great opportunity for legislators to stretch their legs and clear their minds before they spend the majority of the day tackling tough issues that are affecting state legislatures across the country,” said William Pound, executive director of NCSL.

NCSL’s Legislative Summit is the largest and only venue of its kind where legislators and staff come together to promote and encourage bipartisan dialogue on some of the most pressing issues facing states. Legislators and staff take ideas from the Legislative Summit to develop legislation and cost-saving solutions in their states.

The ride is hosted by Illinois State Senator Christine Radogno, Texas State Representative and NCSL Transportation Committee co-chair Linda Harper Brown, Kentucky State Senator Dorsey Ridley, and Texas State Senator Rodney Ellis. The ride is a collaboration between NCSL and BikeTexas.

NCSL is a bipartisan organization that serves 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.