DeFazio, Buttigieg tout electric cars, bikes, and warn of ‘existential threat’ of climate change at Eugene event

These are wild times for climate change in America. We have floods and droughts and fires and heat waves — scary, deadly, catastrophic events — unfolding in front of our eyes as policymakers scramble to satisfy an anxious public and activists increase the volume of their pleas. Yesterday in Eugene, the Biden Administration’s top transportation … Read more

Oregon Congressman Peter DeFazio is very skeptical of congestion pricing

It’s not easy to make an Oregon Department of Transportation official sound like a progressive on any transportation issue; but that’s exactly what U.S. Congressman Peter DeFazio did at a House Transportation Committee hearing in Washington D.C. yesterday where the veteran lawmaker’s skepticism around congestion pricing was on full display.

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Blumenauer, DeFazio team with GOP on Bicycle and Pedestrian Safety Act

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 … Read more

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DeFazio latest to put foot down on current CRC proposal

Peter DeFazio, in his office on Capitol Hill back in March.(Photo © J. Maus) The Portland Tribune reports that U.S. Congressman Peter DeFazio has spoken out against current plans for the Columbia River Crossing (CRC) project. Echoing a popular sentiment around the project these days, DeFazio — who chairs the all-important House Transportation and Infrastructure … Read more

Oberstar and DeFazio rock Cycle Oregon

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 … Read more