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State legislators team up for 'bicycle town hall'

State Reps. Alissa Keny-Guyer and Barbara Smith Warner, two Democrats who represent Portland, will join state Sen. Michael Dembrow for his annual 'bicycle town hall.'

COURTESY PHOTO - Oregon Sen. Michael Dembrow, D-Portland, on his annual 'Bicycle Town Hall.'Oregon State Reps. Alissa Keny-Guyer and Barbara Smith Warner, two Democrats who represent Portland, will join state Sen. Michael Dembrow for his annual "bicycle town hall."

Dembrow, who commutes around Portland by bike, started the annual group bicycle ride with constituents about 10 years ago.

"For the uninitiated, the bike town hall is a group bike ride that is geared (pun intended) to highlight things that are happening in our area and facilitate the kinds of casual conversations that aren't possible in a standard town hall format," Dembrow said.

The town hall this year will be jointly held by the three state lawmakers and kick off what they have dubbed the joint "town hall on two wheels."

The event is a spinoff from Dembrow's regular coffeehouse town hall meetings with constituents, where he hears their wants and concerns.

The bicycle town hall is set for 9:30 a.m. Sept. 15 at Wilshire Park at Northeast 33rd Avenue and Northeast Skidmore Street. Participants can partake in coffee and snacks before the ride departs at 10 a.m.

This year's ride will explore the city's Cully neighborhood, a "greatest hit" from past rides, according to a news release from Dembrow's office.

The ride is scheduled to last about four hours, including multiple stops for discussion and presentations from community members.