Taking the Beltway by bike…


Todson attends national Bike Summit in Washington D.C.



Imagine a bike path extending from coast to coast, much like Interstate 95. Or legions of commuters, sick of bumper-to-bumper traffic, abandoning their automobiles to travel to work by bicycle. These are just a few of the items more than 700 bicycle advocates, including Todson Event Director Dorothy Nichols, discussed with legislators and executive branch members during the 2010 National Bike Summit.


The 10th annual meeting, this year’s summit, took place from March 9 to March 11, carried perhaps even more weight as Congress and federal agencies set goals and national targets for 2020.

“Congress is in the process of writing transportation, climate, health care, natural resources and other critical pieces of legislation that will shape our future,” said Dorothy Nichols, event director for Todson, Inc., the U.S. distributor for Topeak bike products. “We’re here to let our voice be heard that bicycling must be prominently featured in these important pieces of legislation, documents, funding streams and programs.”

As part of the three-day Summit, Nichols and other representatives met with several lawmakers and federal agency leadership members, including Department of the Interior Director Ken Salazar, newly elected Massachusetts Senator Scott Brown and legislators from Colorado.

The Bike Summit wasn’t all work. Summit attendees also took part on a short ride of our Nation’s capital and a local bike trail.

“It’s really amazing to see how the National Bike Summit has grown in 10 years,” said Neal Todrys, president of Todson, Inc. “Nowadays, many people talk about being greener but bicyclists figuratively walk the talk and that voice does carry some weight with our legislators and other government officials.

World Class Sports Accessories
Todson, Inc., the exclusive importer for Topeak for the U.S., is committed to providing the best in sports accessories to consumers around the globe. Over the past 16 years, Topeak has risen to become the top cycling accessories brand in the world.

In addition to Topeak cycling accessories, Todson is the distributor of renowned OnGuard line, the toughest line of power sport, bike and gear security products in the world. The OnGuard line is available only through authorized dealers. Recognized for their legendary anti-drill and pick-proof M-Cylinder mechanism and flat key lock system, OnGuard’s locks, whether key or combination lock, are tested, approved and certified to guard bikes or power sport vehicles the world over. OnGuard is the leading lock brand in Europe, in particular, Amsterdam, the bike theft capital of the world.

Todson has successfully marketed recreational goods for more than 50 years. Now in its third generation of family ownership, Todson specializes in strategic sales and marketing, distribution, brand management and e-commerce. For more information about Topeak cycling accessories and OnGuard Locks, visit www.Todson.com or contact Todson at (800) 213-4561. The company is located at 73 N. Washington Street, N. Attleboro, Mass.

source: Joe Deramo
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About the author: Gregg Kato

Gregg Kato studied journalism and broadcasting in college while working many different jobs including deejaying, driving a forklift and building web sites (not all at the same time). Kato enjoys riding local Santa Cruz trails. Besides being an avid mountain biker, he is also a motorcycle fanatic. Two wheels, one Passion.

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