If you ride a bicycle for practical purposes—getting around town, rather than for sports or recreation—then congressman Earl Blumenauer from Portland has your back. In this video, he rides around New York City and looks at recent improvements to bicycle infrastructure there:
And Megan McConville writes about a new federal initiative he’s involved with:
Last night in Washington, DC, the Brookings Institution and the National Association of City Transportation Officials (NACTO) kicked off Cities for Cycling, a new effort to catalog, promote and implement the world’s best bicycle transportation practices in American municipalities. As Brookings’ Metropolitan Policy Program Director Bruce Katz put it in his introduction, the event was host to a rock star panel, with Representative Earl Blumenauer (D-OR), New York City Department of Transportation Commissioner Janette Sadik-Khan, and David Byrne, former frontman of the band Talking Heads and long-time cycling advocate.
At any rate, if you bike and you don’t live in Portland, you really ought to get in touch with your congressman and register your existence with his or her office. It’s great that Blumenauer leads on this, but there’s no city in America whose congressional delegation is indifferent to the state of its highways, and there are many towns and cities all across the country whose elected officials are indifferent to the state of their bicycle infrastructure.