Special Coverage: 2008 Oregon Bike Summit

The third annual Oregon Bike Summit was held April 4-5 at the Red Lion Hotel in Janzten Beach (Portland).

Click on a headline below to read my stories published from the event.

Browse the photo gallery here.

Summit attendees outline priorities, next steps

Posted on April 5th, 2008 at 3:54 pm.

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Kristin Dahl with Travel Oregon
facilitated a session on recreation.
(Photos © J. Maus)

As I mentioned in my previous story, participants in today’s Oregon Bike Summit broke off into brainstorming sessions today that were focused around three topics: transportation, recreation, and industry.

Their mission? To determine the top five priorities for action in each of them. In lieu of retyping them all, below are the slides that a representative from each group presented during a discussion among the entire summit:


Sessions help turn ideas into action

Posted on April 5th, 2008 at 3:25 pm.

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Groups brainstormed and discussed
priorities for action.
(Photos © J. Maus)

The real heavy-lifting of the Oregon Bike Summit happens in the break-out sessions.

This morning the 200 nearly attendees selected from four topical sessions. Then, after a lunch that featured an overview of the national Safe Routes to Schools program and a keynote from Gail Achterman (Chair of the Oregon Transportation Commission), they broke out into legislative and action-oriented sessions.


Mountain bikers go face-to-face with issues

Posted on April 5th, 2008 at 1:09 pm.

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PUMP’s Roger Louton — talking with Oregon State
Parks Trails Coordinator Rocky Houston
— used the Summit to get some answers about
a trail building project he’s involved in.
(Photos © J. Maus)

One of the most important functions of the Oregon Bike Summit is an opportunity for advocates to meet with key partners and decision makers face-to-face.

Between workshop sessions, I noticed a lively discussion going on and I stuck around to see what it was about.

The meeting was between several mountain bike advocacy groups and Oregon State Parks’ trails czar Rocky Houston. The group was discussing their ongoing collaboration to build a mountain bike trail system in Stub Stewart State Park — the newly opened, 1,600 acre state park located 31 miles west of Portland.


Bikes Belong chief outlines a new “Golden Age” of bicycling

Posted on April 5th, 2008 at 10:08 am.

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Bikes Belong Executive
Director Tim Blumenthal
(Photos © J. Maus)

Few people in the bike world have a longer, more diverse, and impressive resume than Tim Blumenthal.

He’s a former bike journalist, he led IMBA into new territory and helped them become a force on the national advocacy scene, he is the consummate industry insider, and he now finds himself steering the Bikes Belong Coalition into a bright future.

Blumenthal’s presence at this event helps give Oregon advocates and policy makers an important national perspective on the bike movement.


Blumenauer says; “Hold the weasels accountable”

Posted on April 5th, 2008 at 9:27 am.

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U.S. Congressman Earl Blumenauer addressed
the Oregon Bike Summit this morning.
(Photos © J. Maus)

U.S. Congressman Earl Blumenauer opened the Oregon Bike Summit today by outlining three steps bike advocates can take to help spur the movement toward a bike-friendly America.

Blumenauer referred to Oregon as the “cycling epicenter of the U.S,” and said that, “what we’re doing is having a ripple effect on the rest of the country.”


Summit off to an inspiring start

Posted on April 5th, 2008 at 7:01 am.

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Summit attendees gathered for an
inspiring set of speeches.
(Photos © J. Maus)

The Oregon Bike Summit got officially underway last night with a healthy (and inspiring) dose of perspective.

Attendees gathered in the ball room Red Lion Hotel on the Columbia River (the I-5 bridge loomed in the background) and heard a speech by mountain biking advocate Hill Abell and a listened to a presentation by the City of Portland’s bicycle coordinator Roger Geller.


Pre-Summit bike tour and the splendors of spring

Posted on April 4th, 2008 at 9:38 pm.

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Paul Adkins, from Bike Friday in Eugene,
rides in Northeast Portland.
Slideshow below
(Photos © J. Maus)

Before the opening keynote and dinner of the Oregon Bike Summit, Roger Geller from PDOT and Scott Bricker from the BTA led summit attendees on a bike tour of Portland.

Ride participants included Hill Abell (Board President of the International Mountain Bicycling Association), Sheila Lyons (from ODOT’s bike and ped program), and Paul Adkins (from Bike Friday in Eugene).


Press Release: Oregon Bike Summit kicks-off tomorrow

Posted on April 3rd, 2008 at 9:51 am.

Press release below from organizers of the Oregon Bike Summit, which kicks off tomorrow in Portland (stay tuned for coverage):

Third Annual Oregon Bike Summit to Focus on Funding, Support for Bicycling Issues

Two-day event will bring together cycling advocates to address a broad agenda of issues including legislation, safety and tourism

PORTLAND, Ore. – April 3, 2008 – The third annual Oregon Bike Summit, to be held April 4-5 in Portland, will bring together several hundred people interested in cycling to coordinate their efforts to pass important cycling legislation, create a safer cycling atmosphere in the state and the nation, and make Oregon a premier cycling-tourism destination. The theme of the event is “Oregon: the land bicycles dream about.”

The event will feature a group bike ride and an evening reception and dinner on Friday, followed Saturday by a complete day of general and breakout sessions on bike-related topics. Hill Abell, President of the International Mountain Bicycling Association (IMBA), will be the keynote speaker Friday evening, while Saturday’s slate of speakers is scheduled to include U.S. Rep. Earl Blumenauer, Bikes Belong president Tim Blumenthal, Oregon Transportation Commission chair Gail Achterman and Alta Planning + Design principal Mia Birk.

“We’ve made significant progress on cycling-related issues in the last few years, but there are still many efforts we need to direct Oregon’s cycling advocates toward,” said Jerry Norquist, Cycle Oregon ride director and co-organizer of the Oregon Bike Summit. “Bringing together a diverse and committed group in one place for two days of learning and discussion really focuses everyone’s energy into the effort to make Oregon a safer, easier and more desirable place to ride.”

This year’s summit will focus on a variety of issues, with a primary focus on strategizing for the 2009 renewal of the National Transportation Bill, which provides funds for bicycle projects. Additional topics for breakout sessions include putting on successful bike events, affecting policy on local and national levels, building fruitful partnerships and creating bicycle-friendly communities.

“We want to have a strong voice in transportation policy, and also make Oregon a state cyclists immediately think of as a great place to ride,” said Norquist. “To achieve that, we need to know how to influence decision-makers to fund and prioritize cycling projects – as we continue to create a great cycling atmosphere in our own state.”

Tourism conference attendees will learn about bike-friendly communities

Posted on March 27th, 2008 at 1:54 pm.

In yet another sign that bicycling is gaining traction with Oregon’s tourism industry, the upcoming Governor’s Conference on Tourism will feature a workshop on bike friendly communities.


Oregon Bike Summit will bring national perspective to Portland

Posted on March 14th, 2008 at 11:54 am.

Local, regional, and national speakers, as well educational workshops, will be part of the event.

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An Oregon bike rack at last
year’s Oregon Bike Summit.
(Photo © J. Maus)

Oregon’s dream to become the #1 bicycle destination in the country will move closer to reality when the Oregon Bike Summit comes to Portland in April.

The event, now in its third year, brings together advocates, exhibitors, politicians, city planners, and members of the bike industry. The agenda includes ample networking time, a slate of nationally prominent speakers, and workshops designed to educate and inspire attendees.