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National Bike Summit 2008

Welcome to BikePortland.org’s special coverage of the 2008 National Bike Summit.

Read all the articles by clicking on the headlines below. You can also view my photo gallery here.

This coverage is sponsored by Planet Bike.


Ride marks end of 2008 National Bike Summit

Posted on March 7th, 2008 at 10:58 am.

This story is part of my ongoing coverage of the 2008 National Bike Summit. See the rest of my coverage here.


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Watch slideshow below.
(Photos © J. Maus)

The eighth annual National Bike Summit came to a close today with the traditional bike ride around the Capitol.

100+ riders were guided along by staff from the Washington Area Bicyclists Association (WABA) and were treated to a handlebars-eye view of bicycling conditions on the city streets, residential boulevards, and multi-use paths in and around Capitol Hill.

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Snapshots from the last night of the “Best Summit ever”

Posted on March 6th, 2008 at 9:48 pm.

This story is part of my ongoing coverage of the 2008 National Bike Summit. See the rest of my coverage here.


Tonight, among the high ceilings and dramatic architecture of the Dirksen Senate Office Building on Capitol Hill, was the Congressional Reception; an event where Summit-goers could finally relax after two full days in bike advocacy boot camp.

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Meet the other Scott Bricker

Posted on March 6th, 2008 at 8:28 pm.

This story is part of my ongoing coverage of the 2008 National Bike Summit. See the rest of my coverage here.


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Scott Bricker (L) and Scott Bricker (R).
(Photos © J. Maus)

Meet Scott Bricker, the Executive Director of Bike Pittsburgh. No, that’s not a typo; that’s just a guy with the same name, same title, and working in the same field as the Portland-based Scott Bricker whom many of you know as the leader of the Bicycle Transportation Alliance (BTA).

Let me explain.

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The Dream Team behind Oregon’s lofty goals

Posted on March 6th, 2008 at 8:05 pm.

This story is part of my ongoing coverage of the 2008 National Bike Summit. See the rest of my coverage here.


The Oregon delegation on the balcony outside Congressman
Peter DeFazio’s office with the Capitol Building in the background.
From L to R: (Front row) Ken Dennis, Daniel McGinnis, Brad Upton, (Rear) Jeff Hampton, Angela Koch, Chris Distefano, Scott West, Robert Ping, Roger Geller, Scott Bricker, Dan Bower, Jay Graves, Jerry Norquist, Jeanette Kloos, Veronica Rinard, Karl Rohde, Kristin Dahl. Not pictured: Paul Adkins, Meeky Blizzard, Emily Gardner, Jonathan Maus, Jill Van Winkle

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Our day on Capitol Hill: A slideshow

Posted on March 6th, 2008 at 2:17 pm.

This story is part of my ongoing coverage of the 2008 National Bike Summit. See the rest of my coverage here.


Robert Ping and Roger Geller got down to business today on Capitol Hill.
(Photo © J. Maus)

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Imagine a national bike route system…

Posted on March 6th, 2008 at 2:02 pm.

This story is part of my ongoing coverage of the 2008 National Bike Summit. See the rest of my coverage here.


The plan as of January 2008. Click to enlarge

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“Wheels4Wellness” bike-sharing program coming to Capitol Hill

Posted on March 6th, 2008 at 8:03 am.

This story is part of my ongoing coverage of the 2008 National Bike Summit. See the rest of my coverage here. [*Note: Unfortunately all my photos from this morning’s rally were lost in a technical glitch.]


Dan Beard announcing the bike-sharing
program on Capitol Hill this morning.
(Photo: Earl Blumenauer’s office)

Just hours after news outlets reported that oil prices have hit an all-time record high, Congressman Earl Blumenauer and Dan Beard, the Chief Administrative Officer of the U.S. House of Representatives, announced a new bike-sharing program at a rally for the National Bike Summit on Capitol Hill this morning.

Dubbed “Wheels4Wellness,” the new program will initially place 30 bikes at three locations around the U.S. House offices on Capitol Hill and will be available for free to the House’s 7,000 DC-based employees. Beard also announced that a second phase of the program will extend the locations to major transit hubs, like the train station at L’Enfant Plaza which is a popular hub for Capitol Hill commuters.

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Portland in the spotlight on the national stage

Posted on March 5th, 2008 at 9:18 pm.

This story is part of my ongoing coverage of the 2008 National Bike Summit. See the rest of my coverage here.


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Roger Geller, Jerry Norquist, Scott Bricker, and
Veronica Rinard formed part of a dream team
of Portland bike advocates that filled in
for Commissioner Sam Adams at lunch today.
(Photos © J. Maus)

From the opening speech that was given by a former Portland City Commissioner (Earl Blumenauer) to the last event of the day which was headlined by a Portland-based lawyer (Bob Mionske) and just about everything in between, Portland was all over the National Bike Summit today.

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Bikes according to the “establishment”

Posted on March 5th, 2008 at 8:03 pm.

This story is part of my ongoing coverage of the 2008 National Bike Summit. See the rest of my coverage here.


John Horsley, Executive
Director of AASHTO, looking
very establishment-ish.

This morning we heard from John Horsley, head of the American Association of State Highway and Transportation Officials. Horsley came to “give context on where bikes fit in the national transportation picture.”

AASHTO calls themselves the “Voice of American Transportation” and League President Andy Clarke referred to them as the transportation “establishment”. Suffice it to say, AASHTO is a powerful organization and to many, what they say, goes.

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Day 3 at the Summit: What’s on tap

Posted on March 5th, 2008 at 7:10 pm.

This story is part of my ongoing coverage of the 2008 National Bike Summit. See the rest of my coverage here.


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With Day 2 in the books, Sabrina Merlo
from the Bay Area Bicycle Coalition
wasted no time in letting loose (notice
the beer in her hand and the smile on her face).
(Photo © J. Maus)

Tomorrow is the day when the hopes and demands of America’s burgeoning bicycle movement begin to take shape. It’s the day when hundreds of advocates will march up to Capitol Hill to share their enthusiasm and visions for a more bike-centric America.

We’ll start out with an event I always enjoy; the Capitol Hill Rally and Continental Breakfast. This year we’re expecting to hear Rep. Earl Blumenauer formally announce his new bike bills (the National Bike Bill, the Congressional Resolution, his Capitol Hill Bike Plan, etc…) We are also likely to hear from another major bicycling ally; Congressman Jim Oberstar from Minnesota.

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