House Passes Blumenauer Amendment to Pave the Way for Bikeshare on Capitol Grounds
Washington, DC – Today, the U.S. House of Representatives passed Congressman Earl Blumenauer’s amendment to H.R. 5325, the FY 2017 Legislative Branch Appropriations Act, that paves the way for Capital Bikeshare stations to be placed on U.S. Capitol grounds by requiring the Architect of the Capitol to conduct a feasibility study on the installation and operation of the stations. Currently, there are no bikeshare stations on the Capitol complex, a gaping hole in the growing bikeshare network. A study by the Architect of the Capitol is a necessary step to extending this network, and increasing transportation options for the millions of visitors to the Capitol.
“Bringing bikeshare to the U.S. Capitol will increase travel options for constituents, tourists, and staff alike—especially during reduced Metro service and as the DC region continues to grow. Capital Bikeshare plays a critical role in the region’s transportation network, and it’s past time to bring this service to the Capitol,” said Blumenauer.
Congressman Blumenauer (OR-03) is the founder and co-chair of the Congressional Bike Caucus, and earlier this year introduced H.R. 4343, the Bikeshare Transit Act, to increase federal funding eligibility for bikeshare systems nationwide.