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Please support my trip to the National Bike Summit

Posted by Jonathan Maus (Publisher/Editor) on March 9th, 2007 at 10:21 am

National Bike Summit
[Me and Congressman Peter
DeFazio at the
National Bike Summit in 2006.]

My thoughts are turning to Washington D.C.

My journey to the National Bike Summit begins Monday night.

Last year the Summit was an amazing experience. I learned how bike advocacy happens at the highest levels of government, I watched (and learned from) real lobbying pros at work, I roamed the halls of Capitol Hill, met with members of Congress, and I even sent back reports and photos for all of you to enjoy and learn from.

A lot has happened in the past year and I'll attend the Summit with a new set of eyes and much more experience than last year.

No doubt, it will be a fantastic journey.

Last year, I raised all the money for the trip (a little over $1,000) from BikePortland readers. I realize some of you might think that given the popularity of this site and the advertising banners you see that I must make tons of money. Unfortunately that's just not the case.

In the past year, I've worked extremely hard to not just make this site a success but to help give your voices impact and a seat at the table on countless issues. I've worked to connect you with other cyclists, to spread our community's energy around the world, to represent you in the media, and to inform and inspire you to action.

Last time I checked there were nearly 3,000 of you visiting this site every day, over 1,200 subscribing to my headline feed and email updates and over 11,000 pages being viewed every day. And as of right now I've read through 15,370 of your comments that you've left on the 2,380 posts I've written.

This site is my (more than) full-time job, and I work for you.

Now would be a great time for you to give back and consider a donation to BikePortland.org. You can do so via PayPal or by sending a check made out to Jonathan Maus (contact me for the address).

I look forward to reporting from D.C. and continuing to bring you the most entertaining, inspiring and informational content possible.

Thank you.

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  • Dan Kaufman March 9, 2007 at 10:47 am

    Keep up the great work, Jonathan! We depend on it.

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  • Darren March 9, 2007 at 11:01 am

    Thanks for your time and effort, Jonathan. I'm happy to support you, just wish I was on that billionaires list so I could send an appropriate amount. :)

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  • J-On-Bike March 9, 2007 at 11:15 am

    You just got a donation from me. Don't blow it all in one place (well, unfortunately that's too easy to do in DC).

    Have fun in that galaxy far-far-away - I used to live there but I prefer living on planet-earth ;).

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  • Ron Forrester March 9, 2007 at 11:31 am

    I know it's not much Jonathan, but you have my donation, thanks, and best wishes for a good trip.

    Cheers,
    Ron

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  • Lanette March 9, 2007 at 1:12 pm

    Good Luck and thanks for your efforts

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  • trike March 9, 2007 at 3:33 pm

    Johnathon stop by the kerby house; next door to Carye Bye. I don't have much but i got some truffles (vegan and full cream) so you can keep your strength up; and can babysit if needed. Ecca and I are around most days and well its not like im going to go for a jog or anything. Just let us know what kind of support you need.

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  • Tim Jackson March 10, 2007 at 7:01 pm

    Jonathan,

    Looking forward to being in DC and roaming the halls with you. I'm hoping you can help me figure it all out, since it is my first visit and you're the "old pro".

    See you there my friend!

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