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BTA: Vehicular homicide bill is “alive and kicking”

Avatar by on April 21st, 2009 at 4:29 pm

Scott Bricker speaking at the
Oregon Bike Summit today.
(Photo © J. Maus)

Speaking at the opening session of the Oregon Bike Summit today, Bicycle Transportation Alliance (BTA) Executive Director Scott Bricker gave a rundown of their existing priority bills in the 2009 legislative session.

With the door officially closed on Idaho Stops (interesting report about it on the Mercury blog today) and with news today that their Driver’s Education bill (HB 3252) will not move forward this session, the BTA is pouring all remaining efforts into their vehicular homicide bill, HB 3399.[Read more…]

Have your say in Salem at the Oregon Bike Summit

Avatar by on April 17th, 2009 at 11:15 am

Time to rise up, Oregon cyclists!

Next week’s Oregon Bike Summit (4/21-4/22) in Salem could be the most important advocacy event of the year.

In previous years, the summit has been held in Eugene, Sisters, and Portland, but this year organizers are taking the bike movement straight to the lawmakers and pursestring holders in Salem.

The man behind the summit, Jerry Norquist, is the ride director of Cycle Oregon, Chair of the Oregon Bicycle and Pedestrian Advisory Committee, and one of the state’s pre-eminent bike advocates. He’s decided to model the event on the National Bike Summit, held each year in Washington D.C..[Read more…]

Fourth annual Oregon Bike Summit heads to Salem

Avatar by on February 20th, 2009 at 8:49 am

Logo for 2009
Oregon Bike Summit

Since its humble beginnings back in 2006, the Oregon Bike Summit has steadily grown into an important event for anyone working to make Oregon, “The Land Bicycles Dream About”. This year, the event will continue that growth and take a big step in its evolution.

Following in the footsteps of the National Bike Summit — which takes place just blocks from Capitol Hill and the White House — the Oregon Bike Summit moves to Salem in 2009 with a focus on lobbying state lawmakers to pass bike-friendly legislation.
[Read more…]

Summit attendees outline priorities, next steps

Avatar by on April 5th, 2008 at 3:54 pm

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Kristin Dahl with Travel Oregon
facilitated a session on recreation.
(Photos © J. Maus)

As I mentioned in my previous story, participants in today’s Oregon Bike Summit broke off into brainstorming sessions today that were focused around three topics: transportation, recreation, and industry.

Their mission? To determine the top five priorities for action in each of them. In lieu of retyping them all, below are the slides that a representative from each group presented during a discussion among the entire summit:[Read more…]

Sessions help turn ideas into action

Avatar by on April 5th, 2008 at 3:25 pm

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Groups brainstormed and discussed
priorities for action.
(Photos © J. Maus)

The real heavy-lifting of the Oregon Bike Summit happens in the break-out sessions.

This morning the 200 nearly attendees selected from four topical sessions. Then, after a lunch that featured an overview of the national Safe Routes to Schools program and a keynote from Gail Achterman (Chair of the Oregon Transportation Commission), they broke out into legislative and action-oriented sessions.[Read more…]

Mountain bikers go face-to-face with issues

Avatar by on April 5th, 2008 at 1:09 pm

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PUMP’s Roger Louton — talking with Oregon State
Parks Trails Coordinator Rocky Houston
— used the Summit to get some answers about
a trail building project he’s involved in.
(Photos © J. Maus)

One of the most important functions of the Oregon Bike Summit is an opportunity for advocates to meet with key partners and decision makers face-to-face.

Between workshop sessions, I noticed a lively discussion going on and I stuck around to see what it was about.

The meeting was between several mountain bike advocacy groups and Oregon State Parks’ trails czar Rocky Houston. The group was discussing their ongoing collaboration to build a mountain bike trail system in Stub Stewart State Park — the newly opened, 1,600 acre state park located 31 miles west of Portland.[Read more…]

Bikes Belong chief outlines a new “Golden Age” of bicycling

Avatar by on April 5th, 2008 at 10:08 am

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Bikes Belong Executive
Director Tim Blumenthal
(Photos © J. Maus)

Few people in the bike world have a longer, more diverse, and impressive resume than Tim Blumenthal.

He’s a former bike journalist, he led IMBA into new territory and helped them become a force on the national advocacy scene, he is the consummate industry insider, and he now finds himself steering the Bikes Belong Coalition into a bright future.

Blumenthal’s presence at this event helps give Oregon advocates and policy makers an important national perspective on the bike movement.[Read more…]

Blumenauer says; “Hold the weasels accountable”

Avatar by on April 5th, 2008 at 9:27 am

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U.S. Congressman Earl Blumenauer addressed
the Oregon Bike Summit this morning.
(Photos © J. Maus)

U.S. Congressman Earl Blumenauer opened the Oregon Bike Summit today by outlining three steps bike advocates can take to help spur the movement toward a bike-friendly America.

Blumenauer referred to Oregon as the “cycling epicenter of the U.S,” and said that, “what we’re doing is having a ripple effect on the rest of the country.”[Read more…]

Summit off to an inspiring start

Avatar by on April 5th, 2008 at 7:01 am

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Summit attendees gathered for an
inspiring set of speeches.
(Photos © J. Maus)

The Oregon Bike Summit got officially underway last night with a healthy (and inspiring) dose of perspective.

Attendees gathered in the ball room Red Lion Hotel on the Columbia River (the I-5 bridge loomed in the background) and heard a speech by mountain biking advocate Hill Abell and a listened to a presentation by the City of Portland’s bicycle coordinator Roger Geller.[Read more…]

Pre-Summit bike tour and the splendors of spring

Avatar by on April 4th, 2008 at 9:38 pm

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Paul Adkins, from Bike Friday in Eugene,
rides in Northeast Portland.
Slideshow below
(Photos © J. Maus)

Before the opening keynote and dinner of the Oregon Bike Summit, Roger Geller from PDOT and Scott Bricker from the BTA led summit attendees on a bike tour of Portland.

Ride participants included Hill Abell (Board President of the International Mountain Bicycling Association), Sheila Lyons (from ODOT’s bike and ped program), and Paul Adkins (from Bike Friday in Eugene).[Read more…]