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
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.