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U.S. House exec. will talk bike-sharing on Portland visit

Posted by on March 25th, 2008 at 9:09 am

House CAO Dan Beard
(Photo House CAO Office)

Dan Beard, the Chief Administrative Officer of the U.S. House of Representatives will be in Portland later this week. Beard is slated to speak about House Speaker Nancy Pelosi’s “Green the Capitol” initiative at the Better Living Show coming to the Portland Expo Center on Sunday (3/29).

Pelosi’s “Green the Capitol” program is intended to make the U.S. House “a showcase for sustainability,” and was announced last May by Congressman Earl Blumenauer. A large component of the plan includes improved parking, showers, and changing facilities for Capitol Hill cyclists.

At the National Bike Summit earlier this month, Beard announced another exciting part of the plan — their “Wheels4Wellness” bike-sharing program.

With Portland on the brink of choosing a company to implement a bike-sharing system, staffers from Blumenauer’s Portland office have organized a roundtable discussion with Beard while he’s in town.

The meeting will be an opportunity for local bike planners and others to hear about Beard’s plans and to share information with him about Portland’s bike-sharing efforts.

As for Portland’s bike-sharing decision, a selection committee is still pondering the options. A member of that committee recently told me that, “there’s a clear front-runner,” but no decision has been made.

See all my coverage of bike-sharing here.

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  • Oliver March 25, 2008 at 10:11 am

    Yay, Blumenauer.

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