Blumenauer is pushing for the House to make the League of American Bicyclists’ list of Bicycle Friendly Businesses.
The project was launched during the league’s annual bike summit, according to Blumenauer, after a hectic commute. While cycling down Pennsylvania Avenue on his way to give a speech to the annual gathering of local and federal officials and bike enthusiasts, he was dodging traffic “and it just seemed insane. ... [It’s] the first street wide enough to land a 747 jet on it and you were taking your life in your hands.”
Since then, conditions have improved dramatically, including on the Capitol campus.
“If you’re around Capitol Hill, you see just a parade of people coming to work in the morning on bikes,” Blumenauer said.
Petri also lauded the District for its success in developing a number of bike-related initiatives, including Capital Bikeshare. He uses his own bike to cycle out to Mount Vernon in Virginia and Harpers Ferry, W.Va.
“I’m not as avid, I don’t think, as Earl,” Petri said, “but I have ridden for a number of years.”
Vice President Joe Biden waits to conduct a mock swearing-in ceremony with Sen. Brian Schatz, D-Hawaii, in the Capitol's Old Senate Chamber, December 2, 2014. Schatz was sworn in to serve the remainder of his term since he was appointed to the seat after Sen. Daniel Inouye, D-Hawaii, passed away.