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Oregon advocates sing praises of cycling on Capitol Hill today

Posted by on March 10th, 2011 at 10:39 am

Oregonians Robert Ping (L), Gerik Kransky, Jerry Norquist and Veronica Rinard during Capitol Hill lobbying day at the National Bike Summit last year.
(Photo © J. Maus)

As many of us here in Oregon begin our work day, a team of bike advocates at the National Bike Summit are trudging through the serpentine halls of Congress to share the importance of bicycling with our elected representatives.

BTA leader Rob Sadowsky stands with
Rep. DeFazio at a meeting a few
minutes ago.
(Photo: Steve Durrant)

Lobbying day is the climax of the Summit (it ends tomorrow with a Congressional bike ride, which this year is being held in honor of Arizona Rep. Gabriel Giffords). Oregon advocates have a full day of meetings with all seven members of our Congressional delegation. Oregon’s advocacy team numbers well over 20 people this year and we typically have one of the largest groups (per capita or not) at the event.

As per usual, the Oregon advocacy team was organized by the Bicycle Transportation Alliance. They scheduled all the meetings and helped strategize for them beforehand.

Here are some of Oregon advocates who are at the Summit:

    Roger Geller, PBOT
    Dick Schouten, Washington County Commission
    Rob Sadowsky, BTA
    Susan Peithman, BTA
    Jerry Norquist, Cycle Oregon
    Jill Van Winkle, IMBA
    Scott West, Travel Oregon
    Jay Graves, Bike Gallery
    Alison Hill-Graves, Community Cycling Center
    Veronica Rinard, Travel Portland
    Robert Ping, Safe Routes to School National Partnership
    Keith Ketterling
    Marilyn Hayward, Coventry Cycles
    Scott Bricker, Bricker Consulting/America Walks
    Kristin Dahl, Travel Oregon
    Steve Durrant, Alta Planning and Design
    Nels Gabbert, Pettigrove Venture, LLC (real estate developer)
    Randy Dreiling, City of Oakridge
    Anna Laxague, IMBA
    Ray Thomas, Law Offices of Swanson, Thomas & Coon
    Jenna Stanke, Jackson County Road Department
    Andrew Malcom
    Mike Cosgrove, Oregon State Parks/Oregon Scenic Bikeways
    Jennifer Clunie, BicyclingHub.com
    Kim Curley, Commute Options Bend
    Heidi Beierle, U of O Community and Regional Planning Masters Degree candidate
    Gerik Kransky, BTA
    Benjamin Beamer, City of Oakridge
    Maureen Sevigny, Oregon Institute of Technology
    Austin Ramsland, BTA
    Alex Philips, Oregon State Parks/Oregon Scenic Bikeways
    Jeff McNamee, Buy Local Cycling Team (Salem)
    Adam Daniel
    Price Armstrong, U of O Bike Program
    Ted Sweeney, U of O
    Lois Moss, Portland citizen advocate

Their mission (along with 800 or so other advocates at the event) is to sing the praises of cycling’s impact on our state. Thankfully, our delegation is very supportive of bicycling and they already “get it” for the most part; but with looming deficits and budget cuts, they still need to know that bicycling is vital to our transportation system.

After a full day of lobbying, Oregon advocates have a dinner and reception planned at a restaurant near Capitol Hill. They’ll be joined by Congressmen Peter DeFazio, Earl Blumenauer and likely several other Members.

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