Monday, November 10, 2008
Look for a more emphasis on active transportation options as the US transitions to an Obama presidency.
AP photographer Alex Brandon spotted Obama riding a bike in Chicago with family and friends after the election - a good sign that Obama will be sympathetic to issues surrounding urban biking.
From his campaign platform:
As president, Barack Obama will re-evaluate the transportation funding process to ensure that smart growth considerations are taken into account. Obama will build upon his efforts in the Senate to ensure that more Metropolitan Planning Organizations create policies to incentivize greater bicycle and pedestrian usage of roads and sidewalks, and he will also re-commit federal resources to public mass transportation projects across the country. Building more livable and sustainable communities will not only reduce the amount of time individuals spent commuting, but will also have significant benefits to air quality, public health and reducing greenhouse gas emissions.