St. Louis Mayoral Contender Lewis Reed Hopes to Bike to City Hall

Via the Kansas Cyclist, here’s a campaign ad from St. Louis mayoral hopeful Lewis Reed that would seem strangely inconceivable in NYC’s current political climate.

Reed, currently president of the St. Louis Board of Aldermen (the equivalent of being City Council speaker in NYC), is challenging three-term incumbent Francis Slay in a primary election coming up on March 5.

Reed’s online campaign bio prominently features his role in launching Bike St. Louis, an effort to create safer streets for bike commuting and to connect the city’s parks with bike routes. This 30-second spot, though, has nothing to do with policy specifics. It’s all about imagery, and the predominant images are Lewis Reed biking the streets of St. Louis and hauling his bike up the stairs in the halls of municipal power (and high-fiving people). Do you think his team focus-grouped the spot?

ALSO ON STREETSBLOG

Streetsblog’s Guide to the Democratic Mayoral Candidates

|
The September 10 primary is just a few days away, and over the course of this grueling campaign the candidates have had plenty of time to lay out their vision for New York City’s streets. Transportation Alternatives and StreetsPAC both put together detailed candidate surveys and compiled responses from the leading Democratic candidates. For Streetsblog’s guide to the Democratic mayoral […]

Bill Thompson, Business Owners Decry Phantom Bike Lane

|
Greenwich Avenue: Plenty of commerce-loving cyclists, no bike lane. At a recent campaign stop in Greenwich Village, city comptroller and mayoral candidate William Thompson got an earful from local merchants about the hardships of running a small business. While Tea & Sympathy owner Sean Kavanagh-Dowsett calling Chris Quinn "a whore," and Thompson’s reaction, made headlines […]

Thompson vs. Bloomberg: The Ultimate Bicycling Referendum?

|
Tonight’s debate will be broadcast on NY1. Tonight at 7:00, mayoral contenders Mike Bloomberg and Bill Thompson face off in the first debate of the general election. Andrew Hawkins at City Hall News has some good pre-debate reading for New Yorkers who care about how this election will affect the future of our streets and […]

StreetsPAC Endorses Bill de Blasio for Mayor

|
With the Democratic primary a week away, StreetsPAC, NYC’s first-ever livable streets political action committee, today endorsed Bill de Blasio to succeed Michael Bloomberg as mayor. The group cited de Blasio’s commitment to the expansion of the city’s bike lane network and bike-share, improving bus service outside Manhattan, and dramatically reducing traffic injuries and deaths. […]

The Bogotá Transformation: Vision and Political Will

|
Last week’s saga of MTA workers seizing bicycles locked to a subway stair railing in Brooklyn illustrated, yet again, just how far New York City has to go towards making bicycles an integral part of the city’s transportation system. As Larry Littlefield aptly commented, "The MTA doesn’t see bikes as an extension of the transit […]