Wednesday, January 30, 2008

Obama Best Choice for Cyclists?

Presidential candidate Senator Barack Obama is the one candidate that specifically mentions cycling as part of his energy policy.

“As president, Barack 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. He will also re-commit federal resources to public mass transportation projects across the country.”

Something to think about...

People, not speed.

4 comments:

  1. Jamie,
    Check out the poll question in today's electronic update from Business First.

    "How high must the price of a gallon of gas go before you make significant changes in your commuting habits, such as taking the bus, buying a more fuel-efficient car or even bicycling to work?"

    I'm irritated by the phrasing - "or EVEN bicycling to work" - as if riding one's bike is an absolute last resort.

    Here's the link:

    http://www.bizjournals.com/columbus/poll/index.html?poll_id=4957&ana=e_du

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  2. That is irritating, indeed. But consider where it's coming from - a business magazine. I would be willing to guess that most readers of that magazine are a little too worried about others' perceptions of them as regards their business persona.

    Of course, I could be biased.

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  3. And Huckabee is the only candidate who actually rides a bike to the grocery store, as far as I know. Obama drove a big honking SUV until he became a presidential hopeful and his choice of transportation got him some criticism. Actions, not words.

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  4. Mr. Obama is exciting a lot of people. He has intelligence and charisma. We will see if that is enough to overcome his lack of political experience.

    I think intelligence and leadership ability and the ability to inspire people is enough to overcome inexperience.

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