Sure, you’ve been keeping up with the presidential candidate’s plans for foreign policy, health care, climate policy, and energy policy, but what about their bicycle policy?
Yes, McCain wants to keep America rolling, but what if you prefer to roll on two wheels?
We’ve all heard Obama is your new bicycle, but what’s he going to do about it?
Any citizen worth their voting card knows that bicycling has a role to play in all of those other issues. Energy, climate, health – pretty obvious. But foreign policy? You betcha! Remember, we depend increasingly more on foreign resources and foreign-made goods, and drilling more holes in Alaska will only make a dent in it. All that fresh produce flown from South America and boatloads of electronics from Asia involve consumption of oil that won’t come from us. And your hybrid car might guzzle less at the pump, but requires a great deal of energy just to manufacture it. We cyclists are the vanguard of America’s energy independence, so we need to know who’s got our back.
As GOOD magazine pointed out in their “Why Vote?” article (reason #19 of 1,565), the candidate’s plans for improving cycling as transport in America differ greatly: Obama has a plan, and McCain doesn’t.
Obama met with representatives of cycling advocacy and the bike industry, and explained he will do more to make streets bike and pedestrian friendly, promising funds to improve infrastructure and make it safer for children to bike to school.
He’s also been famously spotted cruising around on his bike, sparking lots of chatter (mostly about what kind of bike he’s on).
One blogger – the Cycling Dude – states he’s a Republican and plans to vote for McCain, despite saying “bicycle issues are extremely important”. The Dude did a search for any proof that McCain has a bike plan, and yielded….zilch.
Did he say extremely important?
Now I’m the last person to advocate voting based on only one issue, but if you feel strongly about your right to pedal your way to car freedom, health and energy independence, either vote Obama, or get on the horn to the McCain folks to find out their ideas for alternative energy.
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