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109th Congress                                            Rept. 109-570
                        HOUSE OF REPRESENTATIVES
 2d Session                                                      Part 1

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                     SUPPORTING NATIONAL BIKE MONTH

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                 July 17, 2006.--Ordered to be printed

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     Mr. Young of Alaska, from the Committee on Transportation and 
                Infrastructure, submitted the following

                              R E P O R T

                    [To accompany H. Con. Res. 145]

  The Committee on Transportation and Infrastructure, to whom 
was referred the concurrent resolution (H. Con. Res. 145) 
expressing the sense of Congress in support of a national bike 
month and in appreciation of cyclists and others for promoting 
bicycle safety and the benefits of cycling, having considered 
the same, report favorably thereon without amendment and 
recommend that the concurrent resolution be agreed to.

                       PURPOSE OF THE LEGISLATION

    H. Con. Res. 145 expresses the sense of Congress in support 
of the month of May being celebrated as National Bike Month. 
The resolution also expresses appreciation for cyclists and 
those that promote cycling and bicycle safety.

                BACKGROUND AND NEED FOR THE LEGISLATION

    Approximately 100 million United States citizens of all 
ages cycle each year including 57 million adult cyclists and 
about 5 million adults who commute to work by bicycle. Cycling 
is a safe, low-impact, aerobic activity for all ages that is 
environmentally friendly. The United States officially 
recognizes May 20th as Bike to Work Day and since 1956 the 
League of American Bicyclists and the majority of the 
international cycling community have celebrated the month of 
May as National Bike Month.

                       SUMMARY OF THE LEGISLATION

    The official title of the resolution as introduced is: 
``Expressing the sense of Congress in support of a national 
bike month and in appreciation of cyclists and others for 
promoting bicycle safety and the benefits of cycling.''
    H. Con. Res. 145 recognizes the month of May as National 
Bike Month. May has officially been celebrated as National Bike 
Month by the cycling community since 1956 in order to educate 
Americans about bike safety and the benefits of cycling. It is 
the sense of Congress that Americans should observe a national 
bike month to promote bike safety, and the health, 
transportation, recreational, and environmental benefits 
derived from cycling.
    House Concurrent Resolution 145 provides an opportunity to 
salute the more than 57 million cyclists and the national and 
community-based volunteers and professionals associated with 
cycling for promoting bicycle safety and the benefits of 
cycling. This transportation choice is environmentally friendly 
and allows cyclists to incorporate exercise into their everyday 
lives.
    National Bike Month has inspired countless bike rides, 
safety inspections, commuter challenges, ribbon cuttings, 
``share the road'' promotions, and other varied celebrations of 
bicycling in communities throughout the nation. National Bike 
Month recognizes the significant impact bicycling has had on 
our nation's transportation system, and promotes the limitless 
benefits of cycling.

            LEGISLATIVE HISTORY AND COMMITTEE CONSIDERATION

    Congressman Blumenauer introduced this resolution on May 5, 
2005 for himself, Mr. Oberstar, Mr. Petri, Mr. Shimkus, Mr. 
Johnson of Illinois and Mr. Hobson. The resolution was referred 
to the Committee on Transportation and Infrastructure and the 
Subcommittee on Highways, Transit and Pipelines. The resolution 
was also referred to the House Energy and Commerce Committee. 
On May 18, 2005 the resolution was considered at a 
Transportation and Infrastructure Committee mark-up session and 
was ordered favorably reported by voice vote.

                             ROLLCALL VOTES

    Clause 3(b) of rule XIII of the Rules of the House of 
Representatives requires each committee report to include the 
total number of votes cast for and against on each rollcall 
vote on a motion to report and on any amendment offered to the 
measure or matter, and the names of those members voting for 
and against. There were no rollcall votes on this resolution.

                      COMMITTEE OVERSIGHT FINDINGS

    With respect to the requirements of clause 3(c)(1) of rule 
XIII of the Rules of the House of Representatives, the 
Committee's oversight findings and recommendations are 
reflected in this report.

                          COST OF LEGISLATION

    With respect to the requirements of clause 3(d)(2) of rule 
XIII of the Rules of the House of Representatives, H. Con. Res. 
145 is a sense of the Congress resolution and therefore does 
not have the force of law. As such, there is no cost associated 
with this legislation for fiscal year 2005, nor for any fiscal 
year thereafter.

                    COMPLIANCE WITH HOUSE RULE XIII

    1. With respect to the requirement of clause 3(c)(2) of 
rule XIII of the Rules of the House of Representatives, and 
308(a) of the Congressional Budget Act of 1974, the Committee 
advises that the resolution contains no measure that authorizes 
funding, so no comparison of the total estimated funding level 
for the relevant programs to the appropriate levels under 
current law is required.
    2. With respect to the requirement of clause 3(c)(4) of 
rule XIII of the Rules of the House of Representatives, the 
Committee advises that the resolution contains no measure that 
authorizes funding, so no statement of general performance and 
objectives for any measure that authorizes funding is required.
    3. With respect to the requirement of clause 3(c)(3) of 
rule XIII of the Rules of the House of Representatives and 
section 402 of the Congressional Budget Act of 1974, the 
Committee advises that the resolution contains no measure that 
authorizes funding, so no cost estimate nor comparison for any 
measure that authorizes funding is required.

                   CONSTITUTIONAL AUTHORITY STATEMENT

    Pursuant to clause 3(d)(1) of rule XIII of the Rules of the 
House of Representatives, committee reports on a bill or joint 
resolution of a public character shall include a statement 
citing the specific powers granted to the Congress in the 
Constitution to enact the measure. The Committee on 
Transportation and Infrastructure finds that Congress has the 
authority to enact this measure pursuant to its powers granted 
under article I, section 8 of the Constitution.

                       FEDERAL MANDATES STATEMENT

    The Resolution contains no federal mandates.

                        PREEMPTION CLARIFICATION

    Section 423 of the Congressional Budget Act of 1974 
requires the report of any Committee on a bill or joint 
resolution to include a statement on the extent to which the 
bill or joint resolution is intended to preempt state, local, 
or tribal law. The Committee states that H. Con. Res. 145 does 
not preempt any state, local, or tribal law.

                      ADVISORY COMMITTEE STATEMENT

    No advisory committees within the meaning of section 5(b) 
of the Federal Advisory Committee Act are created by this 
legislation.

                APPLICABILITY TO THE LEGISLATIVE BRANCH

    The Committee finds that the legislation does not relate to 
the terms and conditions of employment or access to public 
services or accommodations within the meaning of section 
102(b)(3) of the Congressional Accountability Act. (Public Law 
104-1.)

         CHANGES IN EXISTING LAW MADE BY THE BILL, AS REPORTED

    H. Con. Res. 145 makes no changes in existing law.