Friday, June 13, 2008

Obama supports bikes

According to the Bicycle Retailer. Obama has pledged to increase funding for cycling and pedestrian projects. I just read another article about the increase in cycling as transportation as we reach $4 a gallon for gas. According to that article they said only 1% US citizens were using the bike as transportation. Europe's average was 30%. I I think that may also have a connection with the obesity problem in the US.

CHICAGO, IL (BRAIN)—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.

He also told them he seldom makes promises on what he would do if elected president, but that this was a promise he would keep. Tim Blumenthal, executive director of Bikes Belong, laid out the industry’s position on boosting funding for cycling-related projects and for Safe Routes to Schools at the meeting.

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