2013 Washington DC Trip

People and bikes in Washington DC: A photo essay

by on March 12th, 2013 at 4:33 pm

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This stylish young woman on a fixed-gear was spotted in the Adams Morgan neighborhood.
(Photos © J. Maus/BikePortland)


Inside the mothership: A visit to USDOT headquarters

by on March 11th, 2013 at 8:46 am

A visit to the US DOT-4
The home field of America’s transportation team.
(Photos © J. Maus/BikePortland)

Masked by the state and regional agencies that disperse its grant funds and shrouded behind the veil of a federal government bureaucracy with 60,000 employees, the enigmatic and powerful United States Department of Transportation (USDOT) sits at the top of the transportation world. While in DC this past week, I wanted to try and lift that veil with a visit to its home base and by getting to know a few of the people who work there.

My ultimate goal was to sit down for an interview with USDOT Secretary Ray LaHood; but despite being told I was on a short-list, my name never got called. That will happen someday, but on this trip I was more than happy to get a tour of the headquarters building from LaHood’s public affairs staffer Todd Solomon. (more…)

Behind the scenes of Capital Bikeshare

by on March 10th, 2013 at 12:58 pm

Behind the scenes at Capital Bikeshare-2
It doesn’t look like much, but behind these
doors is the nerve center for America’s premier
bikeshare system.
(Photos © J. Maus/BikePortland)

An unassuming warehouse in the industrial Navy Yards neighborhood of southeast Washington DC is the headquarters of America’s most successful and largest bikeshare system.

I’ve been using Capital Bikeshare for a week now and it’s fantastic. With Portland set to launch a similar system next year (hopefully), I wanted to find out what makes the system tick. So on Thursday I rented a bike from a station two blocks from where I was staying and pedaled toward the warehouse. I was met by Capital Bikeshare General Manager Eric Gilliland. (more…)

My day on the Hill with Obama Interior Secretary pick Sally Jewell

by on March 8th, 2013 at 7:24 am

Sally Jewell Senate confirmation hearing-2
REI CEO and Interior Secretary nominee Sally Jewell just minutes before a Senate confirmation hearing on Thursday.
(Photos © J. Maus/BikePortland)