Saturday, December 29, 2007

Leadership in Motion....

The Wall Street Journal has an article about Portland, Oregon Congressman Earl Blumenauer and his bicycling habit. Blumenauer rides his bike to Capitol Hill daily, in all types of weather. Those who have been to Washington, DC in winter know what a feat that is. Blumenauer not also tirelessly rides his bike to work, he also tirelessly advocates bicycle rights such as making sure cyclists can partake of the subsidies that are often provided for car. Point of fact, he never applied for a parking permit. His other works include:

He launched the Congressional Bike Caucus, a bipartisan group that promotes public investment in cycling. In his early days, he tracked down Speaker Newt Gingrich in the House gym to pitch transit-fare subsidies for House workers. He got them. As the ranks of the Bicycle Caucus have grown -- there are now more than 170 members -- money for bike projects has grown, more than doubling during his time in office.

What a great role model for bicycling and reducing carbon emissions, and isn't being a role model what being a leader is all about.


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