Thursday, November 30, 2006

Election results have bikers pumped

"Bikes are going to be an integral part of our transportation network."

That's coming from Rep. Peter DeFazio, new chair of the surface transportation subcommittee, which plays an active role in overseeing the nation's roads and bridges.

Apparently this last election propelled a few cycling supporters into key transportation positions in the House. From a recent article in the Oregonian:

"Rep. Jim Oberstar, D-Minn., who helped author the 1991 law that opened the door to federal funding for bike projects, is in line to become chairman of the House Transportation and Infrastructure Committee;

Rep. Peter DeFazio, D-Ore., a one-time bike mechanic, expects to chair the surface transportation subcommittee;

Rep. Earl Blumenauer, D-Ore., founder of the Congressional Bicycle Caucus, will either hold a senior position on the transportation committee or move to the tax-writing Ways and Means Committee."

BTW, our president is also an avid bike enthusiast, evidenced by his wicked bike handling skills.

1 comment:

Tim Harvey said...

Bush handles his bike as well as he handles foreign affairs! I'm wondering, is that racer doing the fist-pump cheering the election results, or did he just hear about Bush's wipe-out?