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.”
United We Dream protesters carry a mock coffin to the office of Sen. Ted Cruz, R-Texas, in the Dirksen Senate Office Building on Monday, July 21, 2014, to hold one of their "funeral services for the Republican Party" due to GOP positions on immigration. The immigration reform group visited several other Senate Republican offices to hold similar funeral services.