National Bike Summit 2010

Welcome to BikePortland.org’s special coverage of the 2010 National Bike Summit.

Browse headlines below or visit the photo gallery here.

This coverage is sponsored by Planet Bike.

2010 National Bike Summit: Final wrap-up and slideshow

Posted on March 13th, 2010 at 8:32 am.

Watch a slideshow of our best images below or view the full gallery.(Photos © J. Maus)

A big day (and night) for Oregon on Capitol Hill

Posted on March 12th, 2010 at 12:38 pm.

The Oregon advocacy team on the steps of the Capitol.(Photos © J. Maus) The 26-person Oregon bike advocacy team stormed Capitol Hill on Thursday, armed with cycling stats, stories, and a strong sense of purpose. It was lobbying day at the National Bike Summit and Team Oregon joined 700 bike advocates from all over the Read More »

Ray LaHood rocks Summit crowd with tabletop speech

Posted on March 11th, 2010 at 10:28 pm.

US DOT Secretary Ray LaHood stands atop a table to address Summit attendees at the Congressional Reception held in a Senate ballroom on Capitol Hill.(Photos © J. Maus)

Senator Merkley gets into the ACT — UPDATED

Posted on March 11th, 2010 at 9:22 pm.

Jeff Merkley.(Photo © J. Maus) Today on Capitol Hill, Senator Jeff Merkley (D-OR) had some good news for Oregon advocates — he plans to introduce a bill in the Senate that will act as a companion to House Rep. Earl Blumenauer’s Active Community Transportation Act. The ACT Act (H.R. 4722) would create a competitive grant Read More »

Industry icon Gary Fisher at the Summit: “I regret never coming before”

Posted on March 11th, 2010 at 10:18 am.

Mr. Fisher goes to Washington — in a Dashing Tweeds suit.(Photos © J. Maus) Bike industry titan Gary Fisher is hard to miss here at the Summit. A pioneer of mountain bikes in the 1980s, Fisher has gone on to be the namesake of a successful bike brand, a fashion icon, and one of only Read More »

Whatever happened to the bike-partisan revolution?

Posted on March 11th, 2010 at 9:36 am.

A view of the Capitol this morning.(Photo © J. Maus) With the lobby day in full swing here on Capitol Hill, bike advocates from around the country are asking their representatives in Congress to support a variety of pending bike-related legislation. Last night, while looking through some information on these bills put together for us Read More »

Bike racing is the new football: High school teams ride wave of momentum

Posted on March 10th, 2010 at 6:40 pm.

Gary Boulanger is Board President of the National Interscholastic Cycling Association.(Photos © J. Maus) One of today’s many excellent breakout sessions focused on youth cycling programs. When I popped my head in I saw a familiar face at the lectern. It was Gary Boulanger, former bike industry journalist, PR guy, and entrepreneur behind the now Read More »

Bike-friendly Omaha? “You’d be surprised!”

Posted on March 10th, 2010 at 5:27 pm.

Advocates from Omaha, Nebraska.L to R: Tammie Dodge, Kerri Peterson, Julie Harris.(Photo © J. Maus) One of the great things about being at the National Bike Summit is the feeling that biking, as a movement, is growing. And each year I’m reminded that it’s growing far beyond the typical, bike-friendly cities you always see on Read More »

A few last notes and a mini-Q&A with Google Maps product guy

Posted on March 10th, 2010 at 5:08 pm.

Peter Birch from Google.(Photos © J. Maus) Earlier today, I got he opportunity to speak with Peter Birch, the product manager for Google Earth (and world traveler) who spearheaded development of their new biking directions feature. Before I get to the Q & A with Birch, here’s a recap of his comments from this morning’s Read More »

Blumenauer, FTA head: “We need you!”

Posted on March 10th, 2010 at 5:12 am.

[The big Google bike directions announcement also happened at this Opening Plenary, but I’ve decided to separate that out into a different post and combine it with a short interview I did with the product manager.] Nearly every seat was filled.(Photos © J. Maus) I’ve got a front row seat at the big Opening Plenary Read More »