The National Bike Summit gave participants the opportunity to meet with fellow advocates and state advocates and discuss the issues most important to people who bicycle in our state (according to the Florida Bicycle Association membership survey). I personally met with state representatives Julio Robaina and James Bush as well as staff members for Richard Steinberg, Carlos Lopez-Cantera and Yolly Robertson.
Julio Robaina spoke to David Henderson, Green Mobility‘s Tom Blazejack and myself about mostly local issues – great news for Sunset Drive (read about it in my blog for TransitMiami.com here) and James Bush – representative for a large part of the City of Miami and rumored candidate for Kendrick Meeks’ US Congress seat, agreed to our request to co-sponsor House Bill 875, which makes it a crime to seriously hurt or kill a person walking, bicycling or traveling by motorcycle due to careless driving (currently, if you’re distracted while driving but not blatantly reckless, most drivers will see no jail time).
Richard Steinberg of Miami Beach is already a strong proponent of safer roadways in our state and it was nice to meet with his staff, even though he himself was unavailable. Yolly Robertson‘s staff was also incredibly patient and seemed truly interested in what we were there to talk about. While I was not able to get a meeting with the representative, she called me back and left me her cell phone number! Can we get her to run for a more local office? Or perhaps, something with FDOT?