Did you know there is a presidential election tomorrow? And right here in our own America? I know that's hard to believe because it seems like we always have them and Canada never does (or is that the Stanley Cup?) but it's true.
Anyway, here are a few facts about the two major party candidates and their campaigns as they relate to bicycles and bicycling. (My apologies to those who are "Feeling the Johnson" or "Whatevering the Stein" or "Too Busy Watching Game of Thrones")
- In 1999, as First Lady she worked with Rails to Trails on the Millennium Trails program, which "recognized, promoted and enhanced or built more than 2,000 trails across the country, with a goal of engaging Americans in marking the new millennium and preserving a lasting legacy." It designated 16 National Millennium Trails, including the East Coast Greenway and American Discovery Trails, both of which pass through the DC area. It also named 50 Millennium Legacy Trails, of which the Metropolitan Branch Trail was one. She continued to support trails while in the Senate, most notably New York City's High Line.
- In the Senate, she was one of two co-sponsors of S.546 - A bill to encourage energy conservation through bicycling. She also cosponsored other bills that would encourage more biking for its energy conservation benefits (ex: "Clean Edge Act of 2003"), or its health benefits, (ex: the "Improved Nutrition and Physical Activity Act"); and others that included safety improvements or greater funding as part of a larger transportation bill, (ex: "The National Highway Safety Act of 2003")
- In her transportation fact sheet, under the sub-heading "Expand public transit options to lower transportation costs and unlock economic opportunity for Americans in opportunity deserts" there is this line "She will also support bicycle and pedestrian infrastructure—reducing carbon emissions, improving public health and safety, and further providing Americans with affordable transportation options."
- Sponsored a bicycle race bearing his name.
- Mocked John Kerry for biking.“John Kerry is a joke. No, he's a bicyclist,” Trump said
- Has an infrastructure plan, but it doesn't mention bikes or biking.