Monday, January 28, 2008

Bike The Vote

LA cyclists are joining LA City Council President Eric Garcetti on a bike ride in support of Obama.

Cyclists will gather at the Eco-Village on February 2 at 11:00 am for a leisurely ride through Silver Lake and ending in Elysian Valley with snacks and the opportunity to help with some campaign phone banking.

Cyclists in search of Leadership have to search hard to find Presidential hopefuls who support cycling and walking as transportation solutions and who have gone on record in support of funding that supports the full spectrum of alternative transportation.

Of the Democratic hopefuls, Obama is credited with the following platform position:

“As president, Barack Obama will re-evaluate the transportation funding process to ensure that smart growth considerations are taken into account. Obama will build upon his efforts in the Senate to ensure that more Metropolitan Planning Organizations create policies to incentivize greater bicycle and pedestrian usage of roads and sidewalks, and he will also re-commit federal resources to public mass transportation projects across the country. Building more livable and sustainable communities will not only reduce the amount of time individuals spent commuting, but will also have significant benefits to air quality, public health and reducing greenhouse gas emissions."

As for the Republican hopefuls, Mike Huckabee gets credit for being the candidate who still rides to the grocery store (no word on how many Secret Service cyclists ride sag support) but it remains to be seen if his cycling activities will translate into a “routine accommodations” stance on funding for alternative modes of transportation.

Regardless of where you fall on the issues and on the candidates, please keep in mind that the most significant action we can take is to get on a bike and ride to the polls!

See you on the Streets!