August 11, 2011
Lawmakers Trade Gavels for Gears
SAN ANTONIO - State legislators are swapping the campaign trail for the bike trail, at least for a little while, during the National Conference of State Legislatures’ (NCSL) 37th annual Legislative Summit. This year’s 7th annual Bipartisan Bike Ride will follow the San Antonio River along the historic Mission Trail. Since 2006, 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, chair of NCSL’s Transportation Committee.
The ride begins at Alamo Plaza, less than a mile from the Henry B. Gonzales Convention Center at 6:15 a.m. on Thursday, August 11, and will end by 8:00 a.m. at the Mission Espada National Historical Park Site, about 12 miles away. Bikes and helmets will be provided. A shuttle will take riders back to the hotel in downtown San Antonio.
“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 former NCSL President Senator Leticia Van de Putte of San Antonio, Senator Rodney Ellis of Houston, and Senator Jeff Wentworth of San Antonio and is a collaboration between NCSL, BikeTexas, and Bexar Trails.
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.