Special Coverage from the 2006 National Bike Summit

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Our day on Capitol Hill

Posted on March 2nd, 2006 at 11:03 pm.

National Bike Summit

Not sure where to begin…it was such a full day and now it’s nearly 2:00 AM and I’ve got to be at it again tomorrow morning at 9:00…but it was such a memorable day that I want to share a few things…

Today was all about lobbying the OR members of Congress and the Senate. We started the day with an inspiring pep talk by the #1 cycling advocate in Washington DC, Jim Oberstar. He (like all of us) is very excited about the money and momentum for Safe Routes to School and in reference to that he said we “have the chance to change the habits of an entire generation…it’s now in your hands.” Hearing stuff like that from a member of Congress in the House Office Building gave us all great confidence heading into our meetings.


Bike Summit: Day 2 quicky update

Posted on March 2nd, 2006 at 5:37 pm.

Full day on Capitol Hill today. Great successes for us and for everyone. Many things to tell you about! More photos and updates coming soon…but I have to go and no time right now…the work must continue…even if it happens in a pub ;-).

Bike Summit: Day one in the books

Posted on March 1st, 2006 at 8:20 pm.

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[Blumenauer and his Trek]

Finally back to my hotel room after the first full day at the Bike Summit. My head is sort of spinning from all the new things I’m hearing and seeing. There’s something surreal to me about looking down the street at the White House U.S. Capitol Building (it’s just a few blocks from my room).

The day started out with an opening panel discussion all about Portland. Jay, Jerry, Evan and Mia got to gush about what a great bike city we live in. Jay kept everyone smiling with his anecdotes, especially the one about Commissioner Randy Leanord‘s metamorphosis from brawny firefighter tough-man to bike commuter. The Trek Portland also made an appearance when Congressman Earl Blumenauer rolled his out on stage.


From South Africa to the Oval Office

Posted on March 1st, 2006 at 8:11 am.

Interesting bits from the Bike Summit this morning:

In his opening comments of the Bike Summit, Andy Clarke (Executive Director of the League of American Bicyclists) said that Portland is not really competing with Davis (CA) or Boulder (CO) for bike friendlines, but that we’re on an international level now. He then announced that Portland will receive a “Gold” award at the upcoming Velo Mondial conference taking place in Cape Town South Africa next week. Very cool.

He presented the award on stage to Mia Birk, who was filling in for City Commissioner Sam Adams. Adams was slated to speak on behalf of Portland, but didn’t show up due to an apparent bout with food poisoning.


On the eve of the Bike Summit

Posted on March 1st, 2006 at 7:55 am.

oregon delegation dinner

(Due to a glitch, this post was supposed to publish last night.)

It’s midnight here in DC and it’s been a long day. We arrived this evening and after checking in we went straight to dinner. We ate at a place called Coppi’s Organic, named for none other than famed Italian bike racer and Tour de France Champion Fausto Coppi. It was a fitting locale to kick off the Summit, which starts bright and early tomorrow morning.


I’m off to Washington

Posted on February 27th, 2006 at 11:15 pm.

Hard to believe that less than 8 hours from now I’ll be on a plane to Washington DC for the National Bike Summit. I’m all packed (I think) and right now I’m printing up a copy of the BTA’s Blueprint for Better Biking to read on the plane.


Bike Summit fund drive a success!

Posted on February 6th, 2006 at 12:35 pm.

I’m happy to announce that I’ve now raised almost $1000 for my trip to the National Bike Summit in Washington DC. I’m all registered, I’ve bought my plane tickets, and even snagged a hotel room right across the street from the Summit.

Huge thanks to everyone who donated. I’ve been amazed at your generosity and kind notes. I am honored to represent the Portland bike community and I’m excited to bring my unique perspectives on advocacy, activism and community building to this event.

Special thanks to one loyal reader (who will remain nameless) who paid my entire $350 registration fee (!).

I’m grateful to all of you, even if you weren’t able to donate. Just by reading and contributing comments you play in important role in making this site a success.

Stay tuned for reports, photos and scuttlebut from DC!

Bike Summit fund drive update

Posted on January 27th, 2006 at 3:44 pm.

Thanks to everyone who has donated so far to help pay my way to DC for the National Bike Summit. I’m looking forward to joining my friends at the BTA and spreading the word about how an independent advocate can use the web to build, nurture, and connect a bike community. Jessica at the BTA is already networking on my behalf, trying to set up meetings and introduce me to other advocates. It will be a great experience for me and one that will have a big impact on my ongoing work here on BikePortland.org.


Help me get to the National Bike Summit

Posted on January 19th, 2006 at 8:56 am.

As I just reported, there’s a contingent from Portland going to the National Bike Summit in Washington D.C..

I’ve been wanting to go the the Summit for years but never really considered it until now. The schedule looks awesome and just think of all the bike people, the ideas, the conversations! Imagine me explaining Chunkathalon, Pedalpalooza, Bridge Pedal, Zoobomb, and Midnight Mystery Rides to some nice folks from Nebraska! And it would be cool to share my perspectives on the creative and diverse Portland bike energy with all those bikey bigwigs.

But I doubt there are many regular guys with blogs that show up to things like this, especially with the travel expenses and the $350 registration fee. The BTA has invited me to tag along with them and share some cheap floor space in their hotel, but there’s still the plane ticket and the $350 to get in. I’m almost committed to going, it’s the lack of funds that gives me some hesitation.

I really don’t have the money to go, but what if just a handful of the 2,662 unique visitors I’ve had in the last three days (and the 1113 of those who visited more than once) pitched in a few bucks via those handy donation buttons in my sidebar? Or grabbed one of the few remaining BikePortland.org T-shirts (now $15 with free shipping)?

I hope to bring you the scoop live from D.C. and pour everything I learn at the Summit right back into this site.

Thanks for reading.