Wednesday, December 3, 2008

Yay!!! Back to the News (from last week)

Welcome back 15 Rides readers. I hope everyone's thanksgiving holiday treated them as well or better than mine did. Yes, I found my way to Denver Colorado, home of Rocky Mountain National Park and the Leadville 100... And despite my best efforts to extend my hiatus through November and December and into the new year there was reports flooding the cycling blogs and news sites that there was talk of a cycling advocate becoming President Barack Obama's Secretary of Transportation. Though there were many sources reporting this a while back I've been slowly recovering from Thanksgiving, so here's the run down Bob Mionske gave on www.velonews.com regarding Obama's short list for potential Transportation Secretaries:

Representative Jim Oberstar — A Minnesota Democrat and nationally-renowned member of the Congressional Bike Caucus. Representative Oberstar chairs the House Transportation and Infrastructure Committee.

Representative Earl Blumenauer — A Democrat representing Portland, Oregon, Representative Blumenauer—another nationally renowned Congressional Bike Caucus member and founder of the Bike Caucus—sits on the House Select Committee on Energy Independence and Global Warming.

Representative Peter DeFazio — Another Oregon Democrat, and yet another member of the Congressional Bike Caucus, Representative DeFazio is a senior member of the House Transportation and Infrastructure Committee.

Governor Ed Rendell — The Governor of Pennsylvania.

Jane Garvey — The head of the Federal Aviation Administration from 1997 to 2002.

Well, I definitely hope the last two guys on the list don't get it, as they don't seem to have a lot on their list of cool cycling related stuff. So I think if I were to be making this decision it would be one of the first two, since those are the only two who really seem to be cycling advocates at all. I'm sure Barack will be calling me here in the next week or so to get my opinion, and since I'm a Super Genius my opinion is the end all be all when it comes to matters of national priority so I'm sure he'll agree with me and appoint Earl or Jim.

1 comment:

courtland said...

that would be an interesting change of pace to have someone with bike priorities in office.