According to Politico.com, Oregon’s Earl Blumenaur and Minnesota’s Jim Oberstar are on the short list for US Secretary of Transportation. Both are avid cyclists and long-time proponents of federal cycling programs. Oberstar is already in line to become the chair of the House Transportation & Infrastructure Committee. I’ve also heard that Obama himself, while not as much a cyclist (he was spotted and photographed cycling with his family during the campaign), he has had positive contact with Chicagoland Bicycle Federation and Bikes Belong.
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.
With such a huge opportunity, now is the time for more than the usual facilities-based bicycling programs. Imagine a nationwide campaign portraying cycling as a safe, healthy, green, affordable and patriotic mode of transport!
We have arrived at the peak of political power my friends. Let’s not blow it!