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National Bike Summit 2009

Welcome to BikePortland.org’s special coverage of the 2009 National Bike Summit.

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This coverage is sponsored by Planet Bike.



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Scenes from the Summit

Posted on March 16th, 2009 at 9:13 am.

The 2009 National Bike Summit wrapped up on Friday. I’ll have my final thoughts and wrap-up in a separate post, but I thought I’d share a few select photos from my trip:

My day on Capitol Hill with the Oregon Bike Advocacy All-Stars

Posted on March 13th, 2009 at 1:07 pm.

The Oregon Bike Advocacy All-Star Team posing with U.S. Rep. Peter DeFazio on his balcony.(Photos © J. Maus) Oregonians, you should be proud. The team you sent to represent you in Washington is nothing short of an All-Star Team. And yesterday, I had the honor to accompany them for a full day of meetings with Read More »

Blumenauer legislation would bulk up and clear up bike commuter benefit

Posted on March 12th, 2009 at 12:52 pm.

Rep. Earl Blumenauer at a reception this morning on Capitol Hill.(Photo © J. Maus) When the Bike Commuter Benefit Act passed back in October, it was somewhat of a shallow victory for advocates who had pushed for its passage for seven long years. Not only did it pass as a ploy to build support for Read More »

What special interest lobbying is all about

Posted on March 12th, 2009 at 9:33 am.

Through this door to the world of lobbying.(Photos © J. Maus) Last night I experienced an important part of how special interest lobbying works. At a classy restaurant just steps from Capitol Hill, I joined bike industry and advocacy leaders for a reception (and dinner, but I didn’t stay for that) hosted by BikesPAC. BikesPAC Read More »

Getting pumped on urban trails and bike parks

Posted on March 11th, 2009 at 8:40 pm.

This story is part of our special 2009 National Bike Summit coverage (sponsored by Planet Bike). For more coverage, follow BikePortland on Twitter and browse the latest photos in our Bike Summit photo gallery. Rich Edwards is a trail solutions coordinator with IMBA.(Photos © J. Maus) Most talk about biking in cities revolves around commuting Read More »

With Complete Streets, Matsui says roads will be for everyone

Posted on March 11th, 2009 at 7:21 pm.

This story is part of our special 2009 National Bike Summit coverage (sponsored by Planet Bike). For more coverage, follow BikePortland on Twitter and browse the latest photos in our Bike Summit photo gallery. Rep. Doris Matsui wants to slay the evil, bloated, highway dragon.(Photos © J. Maus) With a commitment to focus on livable Read More »

Seeking a national legal standard to ensure traffic justice

Posted on March 11th, 2009 at 7:05 am.

Rep. Jim Oberstar, speakingat the opening night dinner.(Photo © J. Maus) Representative Jim Oberstar (D-MN) — the man whose passion for Safe Routes to Schools helped establish it as a national priority in America — is now throwing his energy behind a new idea. And, as Chairman of the House Transportation and Infrastructure Committee that Read More »

Sec. LaHood: “You have a full partner at the US DOT”

Posted on March 11th, 2009 at 5:42 am.

U.S. Secretary of Transportation Ray LaHood addressed the National Bike Summit this morning.(Photos © J. Maus) Ray LaHood, President Obama’s Transportation Secretary kicked off the opening plenary at the National Bike Summit this morning. LaHood, sporting the ubiquitous bike pin, made it clear that he symbolizes a new era of cooperation between the U.S. Department Read More »

LaHood and the potential for livable communities

Posted on March 10th, 2009 at 8:36 pm.

We’ll hear from TransportationSecretary Ray LaHood tomorrow morning. Tomorrow morning, President Obama’s Secretary of Transportation Ray LaHood will address the 2009 National Bike Summit. When LaHood was announced as Obama’s pick back in December, many in the bike movement didn’t really have much to say about him. He’s been a strong supporter of rail, but Read More »

Summit starts with lessons from Copenhagen

Posted on March 10th, 2009 at 5:52 pm.

Roger Geller (L) and the bike program manager for the City of Copenhagen, Andreas Rohl.(Photos © J. Maus) The 2009 National Bike Summit kicked off tonight with a pep rally of sorts, and the head cheerleader was Andreas Rohl, bike program manager for the city of Copenhagen. For the uninitiated, Copenhagen is the world class Read More »

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