Crowds fill a party held in a regal Senate Office Building. The National Bike Summit may be over, but the work has just begun. Hundreds of advocates from around the country (430 to be exact) are now more energized, educated, and empowered than ever before to bring bikes into the mainstream consciousness of America.
A cheesy self-portrait in front of the Lincoln monument. Saturday was my last day in Washington D.C. and I spent it on a bike. When I arrived, it was 70 degrees, nearly perfect riding weather. Unfortunately things got worse as the week wore on. By the time Saturday rolled around, we’d seen rain, sleet, and … Read more
With 20 representatives, Oregon boasted the second largest contingent of attendees at the National Bike Summit (California led the way with 50). Below is a group portrait, followed by the names and affiliations of each person:
Shannon Bryant ofShimano Marketing At the closing ceremony of the National Bike Summit, the Shimano marketing duo of Shannon Bryant and David Lawrence hit the stage to tell the story of Coasting. Shimano embarked on this initiative five years ago when they teamed up with premier product design group IDEO. That was the start of … Read more
Brad Upton from Corvallis. Here at the Summit we do a fair amount of introductions. Every meeting, every new person we meet. Usually we say our names and what organizations we represent. It all quickly becomes a blur, until the refreshing introduction of first-time attendee Brad Upton, “Hi, I’m Brad from Corvallis Oregon. I’m just … Read more
I like cobbles. I’m sitting in a Barnes & Noble in downtown DC (just off Pennsylvania Ave.). It’s 10:30pm. My day started 17 hours ago. I got up at sunrise to finish some stories and be early to our rally that began at 8:00am up on Capitol Hill. Now my shoes and socks are damp … Read more
On Capitol Hill, the House offices and the Senate offices are on separate sides of the Capitol building. The distance between the two is about 1/2 a mile. That’s not much, but when you’ve got a full day of meetings, tired feet, and not much time to spare, it’s nice to get a lift.
Jerry Norquist makes his case. House Congressional Representatives Peter DeFazio (D-OR) and John Duncan (R-TN) held a special roundtable hearing on Capitol Hill today. The topic was bicycle tourism. DeFazio is the Chair and Duncan is the Ranking Member of the House Transportation Subcommittee on Highways and Transit.
Jim Oberstar at the mic, withEarl Blumenauer in the background. Congressman Jim Oberstar, the Grand Man of bicycles in Washington, made his annual speech to a packed room of Bike Summit attendees at an early morning rally today. Oberstar shared his perspective on the bicycle movement in America by saying, “When we first got here, … Read more
Andrea White, Executive Directorof Bikestation Bikestation is a non-profit that has helped develop secure bike parking facilities in many cities across the country. There are currently six Bikestations, one in Seattle and the others in California. The city of Portland has discussed a potential Bikestation facility for many years. Last night I bumped into their … Read more