The League of American Bicyclists Encourages You To Tweet Congress

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The rise in social media use over the past several years has certainly not gone unnoticed by your elected officials, or at the very least by people who want to become and remain your elected officials in years to come. Anymore, sites like Twitter are becoming the norm for brief customer service exchanges, and even political discourse. You can save both your time and the time of your favorite elected representatives by tweeting them your views on legislative issues.

And as it winds down this year's National Bike Summit, the League of American Bicyclists -- a national bicycling and education nonprofit -- is encouraging you to do just that. Today marks the last day of the 2012 Summit, which assembles each year in Washington, D.C. to advocate for bike-friendly policies and laws. If your regular activities include both biking and tweeting, the LAB is encouraging you to log in to Twitter today and let your Senators and Congressmen (or -women) know that you bike and you vote.

Here's a video about the National Bike Summit:

To find out if officials representing your district have a Twitter account, you can head over to TweetCongress. This is a handy site no matter what issue tickles your fancy.

Should bike-friendly legislation be on your list of key issues, the LAB provided some sample tweets for you to follow:

    Hey [@RepresentativeX]: #ibikeivote, Support clean extension of the transpo bill and Petri amend #nbs12
    Hey [@SenatorX]: #ibikeivote, Pls support clean extension of the transportation bill #nbs12
    Hey [@RepresentativeX]: Remember the freedom of ur first #bike? Support bike funding in the #transportation bill! #ibikeivote #nbs12

Here's what a few folks are saying at #ibikeivote:

Everyone who says "#ibikeivote:" make sure to tweet your reps today! find their handle and sample tweets at #nbs12(image) 4 hours ago via TweetDeck ·  Reply ·  Retweet ·  Favorite · powered by @socialditto

Make the roadways safer!“@CBS8: Cyclist hit and killed on Balboa Ave by I-805 overpass. #ibikeivote(image) 3 hours ago via Tweetbot for iOS ·  Reply ·  Retweet ·  Favorite · powered by @socialditto

@BilbrayCA50 #ibikeivote, thank you for supporting clean extension of the transpo bill and Petri amend #nbs12(image) 1 minute ago via Tweetbot for iOS ·  Reply ·  Retweet ·  Favorite · powered by @socialditto

Thank you to @EleanorNorton for your support of cycling in DC! #ibikeivote(image) 1 hour ago via web ·  Reply ·  Retweet ·  Favorite · powered by @socialditto

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