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Thursday, October 14, 2010

Which Election Candidates Suppport Bikes?

Posted by Sarah Mirk on Thu, Oct 14, 2010 at 11:35 AM

Ballots for the November election don't mail until this weekend and our endorsements don't come out for another week, but the Bicycle Transportation Alliance has pulled together a handy survey of political candidates' stance on bike/ped issues.

The whole questionnaire and responses from candidates in all state races is online here. Some highlights:

John Kitzhaber comes out with a pretty bold promise—he'll support using some of the highway transportation fund for non-highway projects, like supporting public transit or pedestrian infrastructure.

Chris Dudley, in standard form, declined to respond.

Metro President candidate Bob Stacey waxes on about the importance of promoting non-car transportation for Oregonians who cannot drive and promoting development that makes walking and biking safe.

His opponent, Tom Hughes, did not respond.

All of the Democrat house reps for Portland are pro-bike, but Ben Cannon pitched this interesting idea on the questionnaire:

I will introduce a bill this session that would aid in both formal and informal car sharing for those times that bike and transit-commuters need access to cars. These changes would also allow car owners who choose to bike commute to rent out their cars to neighbors and others, mitigating insurance and maintenance costs.
Sort of like Couchsurfing meets Zipcar?

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