Oregon has a golden opportunity to build two new velodromes, to further solidify our reputation as the premier state for cycling participation in the country, and to build lasting links between our elected officials and the one love we all share; bicycles.
A bill that would allocate $3.5 million in state lottery funds to the construction of two new velodromes in Oregon is kicking into high gear.
Republican Senator Jason Atkinson is holding a round table strategy discussion today at the capitol building in Salem. Invited to the table are a diverse list of movers and shakers from all over Oregon. The goal is to coordinate efforts to build a broad front of support for the bill. [Read more…]
There seems to be a lot of interest in the community about the bike-related legislation going on in Salem this year. I’ve been doing my best to stay in touch with all of it and I will write about developments as they come in. Here’s what I know so far.
BTA Policy Director Scott Bricker is the best-dressed advocate in town.
The BTA You can read what the BTA is working on and see some discussion about it on their blog. They also have a very helpful page with links and articles about how statewide legislation works. I’ve also heard they will be creating a new page on their site to monitor all the progress and developments of this year’s session.
I’ve been in touch with BTA Policy guy Scott Bricker who’s been working hard in Salem. This coming Wednesday I’ll join him for a full day of meetings and get a crash course on lobbying from a real pro. I’m really looking forward to the trip! [Read more…]
Republican Oregon State Senator Jason Atkinson read about Ayla Holland’s court case on CyclingNews.com and was furious. Atkinson—who was elected to the Oregon State Senate at the ripe age of 30—is an avid cyclist and traveled through Oregon on a fixed-gear bike during his campaign for Governor in ’05. Atkinson splits his time between Portland and his district in southern Oregon.
He told me he plans to introduce new legislation in January 2007 to fix what he calls this, “ridiculous problem.” Right now, his office is researching the law and comparing legal definitions of “brake” and “stop” in other states. He has also been in touch with Holland’s lawyer Mark Ginsberg. [Read more…]