A mayors’ movement: Seven city leaders on the huge payoffs of boosting bicycling

May 14, 2015

Michael Andersen, Green Lane Project staff writer

Change requires leaders. Fortunately, America’s cities have them.

This week in Wisconsin, PeopleForBikes is helping host the first-ever Mayors Bike Summit organized by the U.S. Conference of Mayors. It’s drawn forward-thinking leaders from Duluth to Fort Worth to Piscataway. They’re gathering to talk about their shared goals of making biking a central feature of what their cities offer; our executive director Tim Blumenthal and Vice President for Local Innovation Martha Roskowski will be joining.

Before the event, we spoke with seven deans of the movement to improve biking in cities across the country.

“You, the person at the top, you gotta stand up and say, ‘This is a priority,'” Mayor A C Wharton of Memphis says in the video above. “And we’re going to deliberately make sure than in all of our decisions — when we repave, when we approve building plans, construction plans — we ask ourselves the question, ‘Is there space for bike lanes here?'”

As usual, we couldn’t have said it better ourselves. Here’s to leaders like these who are able to share their experiences so well.

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