Thirty bicycles will be made available to government employees on Capitol Hill under a pilot bike-share program announced by U.S. Representative Earl Blumenauer (D-Ore.) at a National Bike Summit Thursday. “You have such a huge concentration of people” on the Hill, he said, “and so much of the errand running doesn’t need to fire up an engine.” Blumenauer, founder of the 160-member Congressional Bike Caucus, hopes bike sharing will take off nationwide. Currently, only 1 percent of all journeys in the U.S. are done on a bicycle. And, as Blumenauer pointed out, “How many people are stuck in traffic on their way to ride a stationary bike at a health club?”

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