Reps. Blumenauer and Buchanan Introduce Legislation to Secure Funding for Bikeshare Programs Across the Country
Washington, DC – Today, Congressman Earl Blumenauer (OR-03) and Congressman Vern Buchanan (FL-16), co-chairs of the Congressional Bike Caucus, introduced the Bikeshare Transit Act. This bipartisan legislation supports local bikeshare programs by helping communities access federal funds for bikeshare facilities and equipment.
While some existing bikeshare programs receive federal dollars, the lack of an established funding source is an impediment to many projects. The Bikeshare Transit Act makes clear that bikeshare projects are eligible for existing federal funding and defines bikeshare in federal transportation law, giving much-needed certainty to business owners, city and local officials, and commuters alike.
This bill coincides with the one-year anniversary of Portland’s successful BIKETOWN bikeshare launch. Since its launch, more than 75,000 Portlanders and visitors have taken hundreds of thousands of trips, covering more than half a million miles. Additionally, over 100 communities across the country now have bikeshare systems, supporting a network of 4,800 stations and over 42,000 bikes. Since 2010, riders around the country have taken more than 88 million trips, with the number of trips and systems increasing each year.
“Bikeshare systems are tremendous assets in communities. They’re fun and practical to use, provide more options for people to get around town, and promote economic development,” Blumenauer said. “Our legislation will remove significant barriers facing new and existing bikeshare projects applying for federal funding, giving more people much-needed access to efficient, carbon-free transportation.”
“Bikeshare programs help people stay active, promote a clean environment and are good for the economy,” Buchanan said. “I’m excited to join Congressman Blumenauer in supporting legislation that will make it easier for more of these programs to receive federal funding.”