2013 Washington DC Trip

People and bikes in Washington DC: A photo essay

Tuesday, March 12th, 2013
Day on a bike in DC-44
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

Monday, March 11th, 2013
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

Sunday, March 10th, 2013
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

Friday, March 8th, 2013
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)