Lawmakers to Bike for Bipartisanship


NCSL NewsBipartisan Bike Ride Now in the 11th Year 

Seattle—State lawmakers are taking to the streets of Seattle, but this is no campaign stop: It’s the 11th annual Bipartisan Bike Ride at the National Conference of State Legislatures’ (NCSL) 41st annual Legislative Summit.

More than 150 lawmakers, legislative staff and other Summit attendees will be participating in the ride, which begins at 6:15 a.m. Thursday, Aug. 6, at Westlake Park at Fourth Avenue and Pine Street, three blocks from the Washington State Convention Center in downtown Seattle. Celebrating its 11th consecutive year, the ride will cover 10 miles and take lawmakers through by many of city’s sights, including downtown Seattle, Lake Union and the iconic Space Needle.

The ride gives lawmakers a chance to network, exercise and take in the scenery of a beautiful city known for its bike-friendly streets. Seattle was recently ranked the 8th best bicycling city in the nation by Bicycling Magazine and has the 6th highest percentage of bike commuters in the nation among large U.S. cities, according to the U.S. Census Bureau.

Since 2005, legislators representing 27 states, the Virgin Islands and Guam, along with lawmakers from Canada and Germany, have taken part in this annual event. This year’s ride is hosted by Texas Senator Rodney Ellis (D), Texas Senator Larry Taylor (R), Washington Senator Bruce Dammeier (R) and Washington Representatives Ross Hunter (D), Jake Fey (D) and Ed Orcutt (R).  

"We are thrilled to return to Seattle, the home of the first NCSL Bipartisan Bike Ride in 2005," Ellis said. "Legislators and staff will be able to have a great start to their day, getting acquainted with one another and experiencing the bicycle infrastructure in this beautiful city."

The ride is a collaboration of NCSL, BikeTexas and Washington Bikes. It is generously sponsored by Walmart, General Mills, Primal, the American Society of Civil Engineers, and the American Heart Association.

All meetings held in conjunction with NCSL’s Legislative Summit are open to the press. Registration is required but free to credentialed members of the media. Online registration is open and highly encouraged. Please review NCSL’s media policy before registering.

NCSL is a bipartisan organization that serves the legislators and staffs of the states, commonwealths and territories. It provides research, technical assistance and opportunities for policymakers to exchange ideas on the most pressing state issues and is an effective and respected advocate for the interests of the states in the American federal system.