2012 National Bike Summit

Welcome to our special coverage of the 2012 National Bike Summit, brought to you by Planet Bike. Browse the latest photos and stories below...

Rep. DeFazio on the transportation ‘fight’ and the Republican psyche

Tuesday, March 27th, 2012
Rep Peter DeFazio at opening plenary-2

U.S. Congressman Peter DeFazio spoke with passion during a speech at the National Bike Summit where he encouraged advocates to defend bicycling on Capitol Hill against Republicans.


Community bike shops are changing the face of cycling in America

Monday, March 26th, 2012
Meeting of Bike Collective Network-16

About two dozen leaders from a nationwide network of community bike shops met at the National Bike Summit to share experiences and set a course for the future.


After day of lobbying, Blumenauer notes bike movement’s growing strength

Friday, March 23rd, 2012
Blumenauer at reception-2

Congressman Blumenauer addresses a room full of bike advocates at the Dirksen Senate office building.


Rolling on Capital Bikeshare with Oregon’s advocacy team

Thursday, March 22nd, 2012
Bike share ride with Oregon team-23

Kenji Sugahara, Michael O’Leary, Tom Archer, and other Oregon advocates, take the lane on Constitution Avenue with the National Cherry Blossoms in the background.

During a break between meetings on Capitol Hill today, I joined several members of Oregon’s bike advocacy team here at the National Bike Summit for a spin on D.C.’s Capital Bikeshare. (more…)

Oregon advocates check in with Senator Jeff Merkley

Thursday, March 22nd, 2012
A visit with Senator Jeff Merkley-1

Oregon bike advocates met with Senator Jeff Merkley (center, top) today.

Jeff Merkley is Oregon’s bike champion in the Senate. He’s only been at the job for a few years, but from what I’ve heard, he’s poised to become one of the most powerful voices for bicycling on Capitol Hill.


Dispatch from Capitol Hill

Thursday, March 22nd, 2012
Capitol Hill Lobby Day-6

Oregon bike advocates pose for a photo in the office of House Representative Suzanne Bonamici.


Not white and not wealthy: Taking biking beyond the usual suspects

Wednesday, March 21st, 2012

This morning the National Bike Summit welcomed a new face to the usual litany of bike-supportive lawmakers that come here to fire up the crowd: House Representative Donna Edwards (D-MD).

Rep Donna Edwards at opening plenary-1-2


LaHood, Blumenauer fire up Summit crowd: “Ride up there and tell them to pass the bill!”

Wednesday, March 21st, 2012
DOT Sec Ray LaHood at opening plenary-2


A meeting of two transportation titans

Wednesday, March 21st, 2012
Blumenauer and LaHood meeting-2

Congressman Earl Blumenauer (L) and US DOT Secretary Ray LaHood had an informal chat before this morning’s opening plenary.


Scenes from the Summit: Day One

Wednesday, March 21st, 2012

Here’s a little photo essay from my first day here at the National Bike Summit…

With spring temps in the high 70s, biking is in bloom here on the streets of D.C.: