Posted by Jonathan Maus (Publisher/Editor) on March 1st, 2006 at 8:20 pm
Finally back to my hotel room after the first full day at the Bike Summit. My head is sort of spinning from all the new things I’m hearing and seeing. There’s something surreal to me about looking down the street at the
White House U.S. Capitol Building (it’s just a few blocks from my room).
The day started out with an opening panel discussion all about Portland. Jay, Jerry, Evan and Mia got to gush about what a great bike city we live in. Jay kept everyone smiling with his anecdotes, especially the one about Commissioner Randy Leanord‘s metamorphosis from brawny firefighter tough-man to bike commuter. The Trek Portland also made an appearance when Congressman Earl Blumenauer rolled his out on stage.
I hoped to have some big mountain biking news (sorry, it has nothing to do with Forest Park), but I’ve decided to wait and bring you the full story when I know more details.
Here’s a few other bits from my scribbled notepad:
Tomorrow is the big day when we walk to Capitol Hill and meet with our Congressional reps. This will be a new experience for me and I’m a bit nervous about the whole thing….not to mention that we’ll be walking around all day and I’ve managed to get some heinous blisters (long story). Oh well.
Luckily the League had an advocacy training session to help newbies like me. Here are some interesting stats they shared:
- 10,000 bills are introduced each Congressional term.
- Only about 5% of those get passed.
- 33% of those that pass are for renaming a post office or federal building.
- The average meeting time with a member of Congress is 7.5 minutes.
So that’s it for now, I’ve got tons of other ideas and things I want to write about, but I’ve really got to get some sleep. Sorry to everyone who has emailed the past few days, I know I’m lagging on replies.