Presidential candidates who support bike advocacy

Barack Obama met at the Chicago home of SRAM vice president F. K. Day with Bikes Belong executive director Tim Blumenthal and other board members of the Bikes Belong Coalition last week. Obama pledged support for increased funding of bicycle and pedestrian projects, including the Safe Routes to School program, if he’s elected president.

They always meet with defense contractors, big oil, automakers and the financial industry, but has any other sitting president or presidential candidate met with bike industry leaders and made a similar promise?

Does anybody know, for example, if Jimmy Carter promoted bicycling for transportation at all? I know that Ralph Nader believes cycling is too dangerous, saying that, “Competing on city streets against heavy motor vehicle traffic is not fair for a bike rider. I’d walk.”

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10 Comments

  • Chris
    June 17, 2008 - 1:44 pm | Permalink

    "I'd walk" … I've had more close calls in crosswalks then I have on my bicycle. Walking is not necessarily a safe activity.

    Disclaimer: I was hit by a truck when I was in 8th grade. I ran through a stop sign and got hit by a truck going 25+ Mph. I survived with only a small ankle fracture. I was NOT wearing a helmet.

  • Chris
    June 17, 2008 - 8:44 pm | Permalink

    "I'd walk" … I've had more close calls in crosswalks then I have on my bicycle. Walking is not necessarily a safe activity.Disclaimer: I was hit by a truck when I was in 8th grade. I ran through a stop sign and got hit by a truck going 25+ Mph. I survived with only a small ankle fracture. I was NOT wearing a helmet.

  • MikeOnBike
    June 17, 2008 - 1:52 pm | Permalink

    Oh, the irony of Nader's comment. Surely he, with his background, should know that walking is more dangerous than cycling.

  • MikeOnBike
    June 17, 2008 - 8:52 pm | Permalink

    Oh, the irony of Nader's comment. Surely he, with his background, should know that walking is more dangerous than cycling.

  • A Midnight Rider
    June 18, 2008 - 5:42 am | Permalink

    Ha Chris.

    Watch out for the helmet police. 8>)

  • A Midnight Rider
    June 18, 2008 - 12:42 pm | Permalink

    Ha Chris. Watch out for the helmet police. 8>)

  • Yokota Fritz
    June 18, 2008 - 8:54 am | Permalink

    When I was in 8th grade I don't think we had helmets.

  • Yokota Fritz
    June 18, 2008 - 3:54 pm | Permalink

    When I was in 8th grade I don't think we had helmets.

  • bikesgonewild
    June 18, 2008 - 4:27 pm | Permalink

    …hope the man gets the nod & in turn, steps up to the plate for cycling…

    nader: highly intelligent…has always had some extremely creditable & workable ideas…sometimes doesn't show the common sense of a banana slug…

  • bikesgonewild
    June 18, 2008 - 11:27 pm | Permalink

    …hope the man gets the nod & in turn, steps up to the plate for cycling……nader: highly intelligent…has always had some extremely creditable & workable ideas…sometimes doesn't show the common sense of a banana slug…

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