Peter DeFazio

DeFazio leads trio requesting GAO investigation into bike/walk safety

Avatar by on December 18th, 2014 at 11:08 am

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Rep. DeFazio in September 2010.
(Photo by J. Maus/BikePortland)

Oregon Congressman Peter DeFazio — who likes to mention in speeches that he’s the only member of Congress who has ever worked as a bicycle mechanic — is taking his fight for safer bicycling to the United States Government Accountability Office.

Citing a “troubling increase in pedestrian and cyclist fatalities in recent years,” Rep. DeFazio has joined with fellow House Democrats Rick Larsen from Washington state and Eleanor Holmes Norton from the District of Columbia to request a GAO investigation into the issue.

In a statement released today, the trio said they want the GAO to investigate, “trends and causes of accidents involving pedestrians and bicycles and to make recommendations about improving safety.”
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Blumenauer, DeFazio team with GOP on Bicycle and Pedestrian Safety Act

Avatar by on November 15th, 2013 at 9:48 am

L to R: Earl Blumenauer (D), Mike McCaul (R), Peter DeFazio (D), Howard Coble (R).
(Images: Blumenauer by J. Maus/BikePortland. All others via Facebook)

On a day when we learned U.S. traffic fatalities in 2012 went up for the first time since 2005 — with notable spikes in bicycling and walking deaths — Oregon Congressmen Earl Blumenauer and Peter DeFazio joined with two of their Republican colleagues, Howard Coble (NC) and Mike McCaul (TX) to introduce the Bicycle and Pedestrian Safety Act (H.R. 3494). [Read more…]

Rep. DeFazio on the transportation ‘fight’ and the Republican psyche

Avatar by on March 27th, 2012 at 2:32 pm

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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.

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Oberstar and DeFazio rock Cycle Oregon

Avatar by on September 13th, 2007 at 5:22 pm

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DeFazio and Oberstar seemed
more like running-mates
than Congressional colleagues.
(Photos: Jonathan Maus)

Last night’s ride report was cut short and I didn’t get a chance to share more thoughts and photos of Congressman Oberstar and Representative DeFazio from last night.

The two members of Congress joined Cycle Oregon for a grueling climb yesterday and then spoke on the Main Stage after dinner.

DeFazio spoke of his admiration for Oberstar and told us about opportunities for bicycles in the Federal Transportation Bill despite, “being saddled with Bush.” [Read more…]