At the Portland waterfront rally last Sunday which drew 75,000 spectators including 8,000 bicyclists Obama catered to the Portland bike culture in his speech with the first documented mention of bicycling in the entire presidential race to date:
"If we are going to solve our energy problems we’ve got to think long term. It’s time for us to be serious about investing in alternative energy. It’s time for us to get serious about raising fuel efficiency standards on cars. It’s time that the entire country learn from what’s happening right here in Portland with mass transit and bicycle lanes and funding alternative means of transportation."