WASHINGTON, D.C. – U.S. Sen. Sherrod Brown (D-OH) met this week with Columbus cyclist safety advocate Suzanne Birk, a representative of Columbus Outdoor Pursuits. Birk attended Brown’s weekly coffee with constituents during a visit to Washington, D.C. to raise awareness about making roads safe and accessible for bike riders. Joining her were Rob Thompson, Barb Clint, and Jacob VanSickle, members of Bike Cleveland; Laura Faulkner, a Cleveland resident and member of the Ohio Bicycle Federation; and Chuck Smith, a Vandalia resident and member of the Ohio Bicycle Federation.
“It was an honor to meet with Ohioans working to make our roads safer,” Brown said. “Their efforts help ensure that cyclists in Columbus and across the country have the same rights as drivers and pedestrians.”
Brown is a continued supporter of Ohio cyclists. Last month, Brown sent a letter to the Southwest Ohio Regional Transit Authority (SORTA) in support of a new bike and pedestrian trail in Cincinnati. The Oasis bike trail would connect downtown Cincinnati to Cincinnati Municipal Lunken Airport and connect the city to a statewide trail system that includes Cleveland and Columbus.