For the sake of full disclosure I think I should admit something before I get too far into this: I am not and have never been a “biker.”

Unlike my siblings, friends and apparently every other kid in the world, I did not live by the motto: “It’s like riding a bike, once you learn you never forget it.” I did manage to forget how to ride a bike — every summer until I was about 11. And even then I crashed almost every ride.

Since then, I’ve never really been very comfortable with the sport.  I do own a bike and ride fairly regularly as a mode of alternative transportation. However, I am painfully slow (I can literally count the number of times I have passed fellow bikers and more than once they have been drunk), curse (sometimes out loud) almost the entire time and past riding the few miles to and from work, I avoid biking as much as possible.

Attending the League of American Bicyclists’ National Bike Summit this week, however, made me want to be a biker. Or, at the very least, a better advocate so that the rest of the members of my community have the opportunity to be one.

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