Obama: I’ll Boost Funds for Bike-Ped Projects If Elected

Barack Obama riding with his family last week.

Presumptive Democratic presidential nominee Barack Obama addressed bicycle advocates and industry leaders at a Chicago fundraiser on Thursday, lending more weight to the pro-bike comments he delivered in Portland, Oregon last month. Industry mag Bicycle Retailer has the scoop:

Barack Obama, in a private 20-minute meeting with members of the Bikes
Belong board of directors, told them if he were elected president he
would increase funding for cycling and pedestrian projects. And the
presumptive Democratic presidential nominee also said he would support
Safe Routes to Schools programs.

Stan Day, SRAM’s president, said that Obama "gets it." He pointed out
that Obama understands that bicycles can be part of a solution to
issues as diverse as health care, obesity, energy and environmental
policy. "He does his homework and he can connect the dots," he said.

Obama’s Oregon campaign co-chair, Representative Earl Blumenauer, said it was remarkable for a candidate to meet with bike advocates so early in the general election season.

Photo: Associated Press

  • Larry Littlefield

    As the head of the federal government, there isn’t much the President could really do to promote bicycles as a means of transportation.

    As the leader of the United States, however, he could do a lot.

    After all, when W. said “borrow and spend and don’t worry about the consequences for later” in the wake of 9/11, Americans responded!

  • After Bush, the presidency will be a booby prize. Whoever wins will have to deal with a populace angrily stranded in an obsolete car-dominated landscape and demanding alternatives. Those alternatives will cost a lot to build and can’t be built overnight. But building them may be the best thing that ever happened to us. The bad news is that we have to rebuild our country. The good news is that we get to rebuild our country.

  • brodart

    In NYC, Obama would get beaten up and arrested for riding like that on the sidewalk. He also doesn’t look like he’s signaling or stopping at that T intersection, both punishable with up to 30 days in jail in bike-friendly New York. It also looks like there’s a lot of shade there – I wonder if he has proper front and rear lights? I think those are $150 offenses each. At least he has reflectors, front and rear brakes and a helmet.

    On a practical note also, he should have his chain-side pants hiked up – he’s going to destroy his stone-washed jeans!

  • He’s okay without the lights because it’s daytime but the sidewalk is troubling. Is it an off-street bike lane, perhaps? Also, are the Obamas on a tandem bicycle?

  • He was riding with little kids, I say let him ride on the sidewalk.

  • john the bicyclist

    Is he another politician who will say anything to get elected? Possibly. The real force to change will come from everyday issues(high oil prices, wars dragging on ad infinatum, car traffic), not our politicians / elected officials, typically beholdent to industry (the “military industrial complex” and Detroit).

  • Marshall Perrin

    In plenty of areas, riding on the sidewalk is perfectly legal. (This is true throughout Los Angeles, for instance.) I’m not saying this is a good idea – bikes are best in the street, and streets are best when they’re designed for bikes as well as cars – but there’s no reason to criticize Obama for his choice of biking paths. I suspect that riding on the sidewalk was perfectly legal where he was. (And furthermore I suspect that there are usually few to no pedestrians on those sidewalks, anyway. Another effect of car-oriented development…)

  • Sammy

    Can someone tell me where in the Constitution it authorizes the President to provide funding for cycling and pedestrian projects because I’ve looked real hard and I can’t seem to find it anywhere?

    Seriously, is there no limit to what we want the imperial federal government to provide for us by first taking from us?

  • “Can someone tell me where in the Constitution it authorizes the President to provide funding for cycling and pedestrian projects…”

    It’s right above the part that authorizes the Dwight D. Eisenhower National System of Interstate and Defense Highways.

  • Judah


    Article I, Section 8: “The Congress shall have power to lay and collect taxes, duties, imposts and excises, to… provide for the… general welfare of the United States.”

  • Wow is that a Harley O is on? 

  • LOL, what a pud.

  • craigpurcell

    Mom Jeans ?

  • Jack Levitt

    ….and some Americans can’t stop the frivolous spending even after they have racked up $7.4 trillion dollars in new national debt.


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