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Travel study unveiled at Summit shows bike tourism means big bucks

Kristin Dahl with Travel Oregon unveiled exciting new numbers on Oregon bicycle tourism at a breakout session titled, Bicycling Means Business: Getting the Facts Straight.(Photo © J. Maus/BikePortland) From a boom in bike manufacturing in Portland to increased economic vitality on streets with protected bike lanes in Manhattan, signs of how bicycling grows the bottom … Read more


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Time to tone down bike evangelism says communications pro

Douglas Meyer recommends that bike advocates tone down the rhetoric.(Photo © J. Maus/BikePortland) Some of the most important insights from the National Bike Summit (which wrapped up Thursday morning with a bike ride) came from an unexpected place. Douglas Meyer, a marketing and communications specialist with Bernuth & Williamson Consulting, shared research on Tuesday that … Read more


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Business impact of bicycling dominates Capitol Hill meetings

Kristin Dahl with Travel Oregon (L) explains economic impact data with Caroline Robinson, Legislative Assistant for House Rep. Greg Walden.(Photos © J. Maus/BikePortland) ‘Bikes mean business’ is the official theme of this year’s National Bike Summit; but that idea hardly needs any help in being put front and center. The economic impact of bicycling has … Read more


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More cause than cash: The bike lobby comes of age

Representative Tom Rice (R-South Carolina) addresses the crowd at the BikesPAC event.(Photos © J. Maus/BikePortland) For the bicycling agenda to have any chance of competing on Capitol Hill, it will take cash donations to members of Congress and direct lobbying. That might be an inconvenient truth to idealistic advocates; but insiders say it’s simply how … Read more


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Highlights from the National Women’s Bicycling Forum

After a successful debut last year, the League of American Bicyclists brought back the National Women’s Bicycling Forum. While the 2012 event consisted of just a panel discussion (albeit a great one), this year the League stepped things up. Yesterday 325 advocates —well over 90% of which were women — enjoyed an entire day of … Read more


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Pop-up shops at Women’s Bicycling Forum puts fashion front and center

These helmet hats by Bandbox were a big hit.(Photos © J. Maus/BikePortland) Women entrepreneurs are riding the wave of two major American trends: a renaissance in urban bicycling and a surging demand for stylish riding apparel. At the National Women’s Bicycling Forum on Monday, the League of American Bicyclists hosted a pop-up shop full of … Read more


‘New face of bicycling’ on full display at Woman & Bicycles launch event

The crowd at WABA’s Women & Bicycles launch.(Photos © J. Maus/BikePortland) On Sunday night at a restaurant in Washington D.C., a powerful and tangible expression of the new era in bicycle advocacy was on full display. Upstairs at Busboys and Poets on 5th and K, the of League of American Bicyclists’ Equity Advisory Council shared … Read more


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Inspiring words from Congresswoman, veteran, amputee, and bike rider Tammy Duckworth

Tammy Duckworth; Congresswoman, Iraq War veteran, double amputee, bike rider.(Photos © J. Maus/BikePortland) Illinois Congresswoman Tammy Duckworth inspired the lunch crowd at the National Women’s Bicycling Forum today. Rep. Duckworth isn’t well-known in the bicycle advocacy world, but as a double amputee and Iraq war veteran who also enjoys riding a hand cycle, no one … Read more