U.S. Congressman Peter DeFazio spoke with passion during a speech at the National Bike Summit where he encouraged advocates to defend bicycling on Capitol Hill against Republicans.
About two dozen leaders from a nationwide network of community bike shops met at the National Bike Summit to share experiences and set a course for the future.
Kenji Sugahara, Michael O’Leary, Tom Archer, and other Oregon advocates, take the lane on Constitution Avenue with the National Cherry Blossoms in the background. During a break between meetings on Capitol Hill today, I joined several members of Oregon’s bike advocacy team here at the National Bike Summit for a spin on D.C.’s Capital Bikeshare.
Oregon bike advocates met with Senator Jeff Merkley (center, top) today. Jeff Merkley is Oregon’s bike champion in the Senate. He’s only been at the job for a few years, but from what I’ve heard, he’s poised to become one of the most powerful voices for bicycling on Capitol Hill.
This morning the National Bike Summit welcomed a new face to the usual litany of bike-supportive lawmakers that come here to fire up the crowd: House Representative Donna Edwards (D-MD).
A diverse group of riders joined the last leg of the Ride on Washington and stopped for a group photo in front of the Capitol Building.(Photos © J. Maus/BikePortland)