Sunday, January 06, 2008

Oregonion on Candidates Positions on Bicycle Transportation

According to Jmapes in the Oregonian Live, only Barack Obama has mentioned bicycling as a step towards energy independence on his campaign website.

"...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..."

Obama's statements are on page 9 on his Energy Fact Sheet under Build More Livable and Sustainable Communities:.

We discovered however the Bill Richardson also mentions bicycling. Also in the ABC /Facebook New Hampshire debate he quickly noted (before he was cut off) that he supports more sustainable land use policies . His energy platform notes the following:

Strategy 1(D): Smart Growth, Energy Efficient Cities, and Public Transportation

"...While considering long-range issues such as metro area design, we must dramatically increase our transportation options and provide convenient and efficient public transit, both within metro areas and intercity. We should also support urban planning that promotes walking and biking, reduces urban sprawl by more carefully matching housing development to job location, and enhances the "livability" indicators in our communities.

Safe and livable cities will save energy -- and they will save commuters time and money, while allowing our children to walk to school, safely, once again.

Part of the problem is that the questions are not being publicly asked. As Super Tuesday approaches the public needs to pressure the press to ask the question "What about Bicycling, Walking and Mass Transit?"