Tea Party activist and Congressional candidate Jim Schneller of Delaware County, Pennsylvania gets around almost exclusively by bicycle and public transportation.
Jim Schneller’s independent 3rd party campaign for Pennsylvania’s 7th US House District received media attention after reporters discovered his campaign received assistance from Democratic activists as part of a strategy to split the conservative vote. It was in one of these reports that I saw these photos of Schneller walking with a Bianchi Volpe cross / touring bike, so I called up Jim’s campaign headquarters.
Jim tells me that he has run his campaign “50% on my legs and 50% on public transportation. My district is a fantastic bicycling area, and it’s a no brainer in Philadelphia because the area is so congested with traffic.” This everyday, utilitarian cyclist even biked the 100 miles to Harrisburg to file his candidate paperwork.
While campaigning, this conservative candidate likes to use his bicycle as a metaphor for smaller government. “The bicycle is just as productive and useful now as it was 100 years ago; we should bring this type of simplicity to the Federal government.”
“The bicycle really keeps us in touch with where we’re at and where we’re going,” Jim explains. “I object to generating a couple of cubic yards of smog just to go grocery shopping. Everybody dumps so much garbage into the air. I object to the waste of resources in our current transportation system. I’m devoted to public transportation.”
This 54 year old political candidate clearly loves biking, even in the winter time. “I’m a year rounder. I’m 54 years old so I don’t go out during snow storms like I used to, but there’s a wonderful feel to biking when there’s a quarter inch of snow on the ground. I love the granular crunch of fresh snow under my bike tires.”
Finally, he talks about bike conditions in his state. “I recommend Pennsylvania for biking. The roads are narrow so you’ll see a lot of bikes in the middle of the lane, but some roads have been getting better with wider lanes and shoulders. When people make the transition to biking, 90% of them who try it love it because it feels so good.”
Learn more about Jim Schneller and his campaign for Pennsylvania’s 7th US House District at his website.