As election time nears, those adorable, little presidential candidates put on their sparring gear and battle it out for the chance to be the next big cheese. While personally, I think the whole voting process might as well be dumbed down into one big reality television show hosted by Ryan Secrest, not everyone agrees with me. So, like each election year, the political hopefuls bat their eyes and shake their tush for the sake of each individual vote.
However, the candidates know that part of winning that corner office with a view is not only appealing to the individual voter, but prostrating themselves to the thousands of special interest groups across the country. But, who da thunk that the “cycler” vote was so darn weighty. According to C.I.C.L.E. (Cyclists Inciting Change Thru Live Exchange), the Portland bicycle community has discovered a quote from Barack Obama showing his support for cycling and mass transit. So far, Obama is “the only one of the Democratic presidential candidates who explicitly encourages bicycle transportation in his platform.”
Barack says, he will “re-evaluate the transportation funding process ” and “build upon his efforts in the Senate to ensure that more Metropolitan Planning Organizations create policies to incentives greater bicycle and pedestrian usage of roads and sidewalks.” He also says that his plan to build more ” livable and sustainable communities will not only reduce the amount of time individuals spend commuting, but will also have significant benefits to air quality, public health and reducing greenhouse gas emissions.”
Well, Obama, it looks like Portland has a crush on you!! I know that when I run for president one day (and I do plan on running for president one day) I only hope, dream and pray that those temperamental cyclists choose to endorse me.