Several members of the Bicycle Coalition of Maine recently met with U.S. Sen. Susan Collins in her Washington, D.C. office.

The group — including John Sommo, biking instructor and principal of Owls Head Elementary School — was in Washington to attend the National Bike Summit, which brings together hundreds of bicycle advocates and enthusiasts from across the country to learn about and discuss national issues that affect biking.

BCM members met with Collins to discuss legislation before Congress that would create a federal grant program to help communities build and improve bicycling and walking networks. Participants in the meeting included Allison Vogt, BCM’s executive director; Tony Barrett of Harpswell, a board member of the East Coast Greenway Alliance; Charley LaFlamme, a cycling instructor and founder of BCM from Ogunquit; Nancy Grant of Portland, who is the current president of BCM and works at Bowdoin College; Fred Robie of Gorham Bike & Ski and his wife, Cathy Robie, both of Freeport; Michael Conlon of Berwick; Jeff Miller from the Alliance for Biking and Walking; and Sommo.