Congressional Bike Caucus
Congressional Bike Caucus
When Representative Earl Blumenauer was elected to Congress in May 1996, he immediately noticed that Washington, D.C. — with its dry climate, plenty of flat terrain, and world-class bike trails — was a great environment for bicycling. During his tenure as a City Commissioner in Portland, Ore., Rep. Blumenauer worked closely with bike advocacy groups and learned over time that bicyclists are some of the most determined, dedicated, and fun people around. The combination of these experiences led to the development of the House Bike Caucus.
The Caucus mission:
To provide Congressional leadership in complementing the efforts of the millions of cyclists actively working for safer roads, more bikeways, convenient bike parking and increased recognition of the importance of cycling for transportation and recreation.
Congressional Bike Caucus Gallery
House Bike Caucus
Rep. Earl Blumenauer (D-OR) and Rep. Tom Petri (R-WI) are co-chairs of the House Bike Caucus.
Click here for the list of members from the 113th Congress.
Senate Bike Caucus
Making the Capitol Bicycle Friendly!
In 2013, the Congressional Bicycle Caucus called on Congress to make their offices a Bicycle Friendly Business, and has been working with the Architect of the Capitol to do just that. In April, the League, WABA and Capitol Bike Share tabled at the Senate Sustainability Fair. The sustainability fair draws more than 500 Senate employees and visitors to learn about personal and professional opportunities to be more sustainable. At our table we encouraged attendees to try bike share, join in for bike to work day or join the National Bike Challenge.
Biking and Brain Health
The Congressional Bike Caucus joined up with the Congressional Neuroscience Caucus to hold an educational briefing on the effects of exercise on the brain. The briefing highlighted research on the benefits of regular bicycling to combat the effects of aging on the brain.
Bike Mechanics Day
In preparation for National Bike Month, the Congressional Bike Caucus held a Bike Safety Day. Capitol Bike Share mechanics volunteered to do some free minor repairs on members’ and staff bicycles and Caucus and League staff promoted Bike to Work Day events and tips to bike commuting.
Congressional Fitness Fair
The League also participated with the Congressional Fitness Caucus at their #whygetactive event. The event included blood pressure and body composition screenings, , seated massages and a light workout. It also highlighted national efforts and policies regarding physical activity, including improving safety and access for bicycling.
Press Conference: Survey Shows Broad Support for Sidewalk and Bike Lane Funding
May 9, 2012
Leaders of the Congressional Bike Caucus — including Sen. Dick Durbin (D-IL), Rep. Earl Blumenauer (D-OR) and Rep. Tom Petri (R-WI), pictured above — held a press conference announcing new poll data by Princeton Survey Research Associates that reveals the overwhelming majority of Americans want to maintain or increase federal funding for sidewalks, bike lanes, and bike paths. These results added critical perspective to a pressing national debate about transportation, as lawmakers, including Representative Blumenauer, conferenced to develop a consensus transportation bill. Members of Congress, business leaders, and organizers joined with America Bikes to call for the continuation of federal funding for biking and walking infrastructure. For Survey Results and pictures from the event click here.
Sensible Solutions for City Streets: Lessons from the Green Lane
A Congressional Bike Caucus briefing on next-generation infrastructure for bicycling
May 6, 2013
With declining revenues and growing demands on transportation systems, city leaders are exploring new approaches to mobility. This congressional briefing explored the rapid rise in protected bike lanes in U.S. cities, including insight from Kyle Wagenschutz, bicycle coordinator for Memphis, Tenn. (pictured above). These “green lanes” are cost-effective retrofits to existing streets that reduce crashes, encourage biking, and benefit drivers and pedestrians by creating designated places for bikes. New research also shows that green lanes help to attract new businesses and revitalize urban corridors.