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Federal Office Overseeing U.S. Capitol Grounds Gets Bronze Award for ‘Bike-Friendliness’

by Andrew Ramonas — August 26, 2015 at 1:30 pm 8 Comments

Bicyclists in front of the U.S. Capitol (Photo via Twitter/U.S. Capitol)The congressional office that oversees the operation and maintenance of the U.S. Capitol grounds has picked up some kudos from an organization that advocates for “bicycle-friendly” communities.

The Architect of the Capitol received a bronze award for “bike-friendliness” from The League of American Bicyclists, the group announced today. The league this year awarded more than 100 organizations a platinum, gold, silver or bronze award for helping make the United States “a safer, happier, and more sustainable place to live and work,” Amelia Neptune, the initiative’s manager, said in a statement.

The AOC has worked with members of Congress and other federal officials to encourage cycling, according to the league.

“We are so pleased to make the U.S. Capitol campus a more welcoming place for biking commuters and the visiting public,” Architect of the Capitol Stephen Ayers said in a statement. “It is rewarding to be recognized as a Bicycle Friendly Business and to know that we have a passionate group of employees who implemented a cohesive program to achieve this recognition.”

Photo via Twitter/U.S. Capitol

  • Bikeshare

    The agency that refuses to allow bikeshare stations on their grounds get this award. Bang up job, AOC.

    • greenjamie

      Sad how facts never enter into comments. The lack of bikeshare stations has nothing to do with this agency and is regulated by congress. plus the capitol police have a barrier around the hill for trucks which limits bikeshares ability to access stations. Get the facts before you speak.

  • §83(b)

    This is the agency that has blocked proper connection of the Penn Ave and East Capitol bike lanes (as NW and SW drives both run in the same direction, forcing eastbound cyclists to ride against traffic or on the pedestrian crowded sidewalks).

    • greenjamie

      “blocked” proper connections? were you involved in those projects? do you have evidence that the agency was contacted by DC and officially ‘blocked’ any proper connections? yeah, didnt think so.

  • anon

    didn’t the Capitol Police recently cite a cyclist struck by a car on the grounds .while she was hospitalized for her injuries?

    • greenjamie

      Pretty sure i read that article too and the cyclist was speeding. Sorry for her injuries but rules are rules.

  • Anon

    Lack of visitor bike parking, objecting to bike routes. I ride by ever day and see no evidence of the being bike friendly. Absurd.

    • greenjamie

      I’m not sure what you are talking about since there is visitor parking at every building on capitol hill and two bike lanes were just added to capitol hill streets, but sure, keep commenting…

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