Portland legislators will hold town hall meeting on two wheels

Scenes from the Oregon Bike Summit-7
Rep. Dembrow (right) with
Jay Graves (center) and Ray Thomas
in the State Capitol building yesterday.
(Photos © J. Maus)

Billing it as a “A new kind of town hall,” two Oregon State Legislators will lead a bike ride around their districts next month.

Representative Michael Dembrow and Senator Jackie Dingfelder — both of whom represent districts in Northeast Portland — will join their constituents for a bike tour around the Cully neighborhood on May 9th. The six-mile ride will make a stop at the Rigler School Community Garden for a brief work party and organizers are considering a stop at the site of the upcoming cycletrack (slated to go in on Cully Blvd between Killingsworth and Prescott).

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For residents without access to a bicycle, Portland-based Pedal Bike Tours will provide one.

Sen. Dingfelder at the legislator
bike ride on Wednesday.

Alex Berke, a legislative aid to Rep. Dembrow, said both legislators are bike advocates. Dingfelder is a BTA Alica Award winner and former employee of the Bike Gallery. Dembrow was a co-sponsor of the Idaho Stop Law and he regularly rides around Portland with his family. “They miss bike commuting,” said Berke, “and this is a fun way for them to be out and about in their districts.”

Berke told us that Rep. Dembrow is always looking for new ways to engage with constituents. According to Berke, they felt doing a bike ride would be a great way to get people involved with state government who wouldn’t normally think of attending a regular town hall meeting.

Anyone interested in joining the ride should RSVP to Rep. Dembrow’s office via email to or by calling (503) 986-1445.

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— This is part of our special coverage of the 2009 Oregon Bike Summit. View more coverage here and see our latest photos in the official photo gallery.

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