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Old 12-15-10, 12:31 AM
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chatted with Seattle's mayor while bike commuting

Imagine my surprise on this cold and windy night as I encountered our Mayor Mike McGinn slogging up a hill!

Had a chat with him for a few brief minutes, it's great to live in a large American city that has a cycling mayor.

A real cycling mayor, still commuting by his bicycle.

Impressive, Mike, my lid's off to you. Kudos.
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That's great. I would probably crash if I saw our mayor riding to work.
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I'm not usually in the right place at the right time to see whether or not our mayor actually bike commutes, as he has the reputation for doing (at least occasionally). I know he's very pro-cycling, having met and talked with the man; our area's MUP (Rivergreenway) has doubled in size over the last 3-4 years, at least partly due to his support (over 50 miles around town, and still growing).

I'd be thrilled to see him at the Chilly Challenge on Jan 1, and also the Ride of Silence in May. May have to send an e-mail about that....
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The last cycling mayor my city had died recently, in a car crash. The current mayor is an obese woman who has absolutely no idea what the few cyclists in this area put up with. There are no cyclists on the city council either. No wonder the only bike lanes that have been put in in the past decade are door-zone bike lanes. I would love to have a cycling mayor; I guess it is time to get to work for the 2012 campaign (if I can find someone to run for such a thankless job).
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Does Mayor McGinn have security with him on his rides? If not, I'd take that as another plus for Seattle.
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there was a helicopter hovering about and two SUVs filled with guys in black suits
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Excellent, a mayor who actually bikes to work.

Hickenlooper, as much as he has done for cycling in Denver, I don't think has ridden a bike to work one day, ever.
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Originally Posted by mikeybikes
Excellent, a mayor who actually bikes to work.

Hickenlooper, as much as he has done for cycling in Denver, I don't think has ridden a bike to work one day, ever.
He did that commercial with the governor, where they both ride their bikes away at the end. That's pretty much it.

I guess it's better to have a non-bicycling mayor who uses pro-bike causes to score political points than a non-bicycling mayor who uses anti-bike causes to score political points.

EDIT: Dang cool that Seattle's mayor actually rides.
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our Mayor rides to work too, which is pretty cool, but then I found out he lives about 2 kilometers from city hall.

It would take him longer to drive his car, than it would to take his bike to work. I don't think it would mess up his suit too much either.



It still is cool that he rides, and that he's helping to get people on bikes in Vancouver

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Old 12-23-10, 11:37 AM
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This thread is like a newspaper headline, with no story. What did you chat about? What did McGinn have to say? How did he do on the hills? Now that you've got our attention, don't leave us hanging!
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he's thinking of buying a new bike. he liked mine. we discussed bike types, i told him good job.


mayor rides in bad weather at night, chats with constituents. for a large american city, i think that's pretty cool. i doubt people in detroit ever saw kwame kilpatrick riding a bicycle to and from city hall.
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Originally Posted by Bekologist
i doubt people in detroit ever saw kwame kilpatrick riding a bicycle to and from city hall.
Nice unnecessary Detroit slam that deserves a big "so what?". McGinn wasn't even the mayor when Kilpatrick was. Current Mayor Dave Bing has been a strong supporter of bicycling in Detroit even before he took office.

Oh and I doubt people in Seattle ever saw Mike McGinn play pro basketball.
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I notice that these folks are in cool climates.
It is MUCH TOUGHER to cycle to work in hot , humid climates.
Physically it isn't harder, but arriving soaked with sweat and stinking just isn't acceptable in the USA.
If you are high on the food chain(boss), you can clean up and change clothes once you arrive- the rest can't(unless they work for the GOV and have various protections in place).
Now once gasoline become $8/gal there will be some impetus to have changing rooms/showers/lockers available.
High fuel costs eventually will drive more interest in using bikes for transportation. The efforts-bike lanes etc- now won't increase riding much, but they will provide infrastructure and attitude changes that will eventually make it easier for the fuel cost boost in riding we'll eventually see.
High fuel costs and getting off foreign fuel will drive the coming increase in bike riding.
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Originally Posted by phoebeisis
I notice that these folks are in cool climates.
It is MUCH TOUGHER to cycle to work in hot , humid climates.
Physically it isn't harder, but arriving soaked with sweat and stinking just isn't acceptable in the USA.
If you are high on the food chain(boss), you can clean up and change clothes once you arrive- the rest can't(unless they work for the GOV and have various protections in place).
Now once gasoline become $8/gal there will be some impetus to have changing rooms/showers/lockers available.
High fuel costs eventually will drive more interest in using bikes for transportation. The efforts-bike lanes etc- now won't increase riding much, but they will provide infrastructure and attitude changes that will eventually make it easier for the fuel cost boost in riding we'll eventually see.
High fuel costs and getting off foreign fuel will drive the coming increase in bike riding.
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Misconception - Cooler, yes most of the time. Summer = hot is not uncommon. One consistent we have that makes you sweat regardless of weather are hills, and we have lots of them..flat is not in our vocabulary.





From the Chilly Hilly ride northwest of Seattle...

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Not being overly defensive of our hills...but here is a cool article prepping people who don't usually commute via bike to work for "Bike to Work Day" titled:

Bike to work: How to survive Seattle's Hills

https://crosscut.com/2010/05/20/trans...attle-s-hills/
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The last cycling mayor my city had died recently, in a car crash. The current mayor is an obese woman who has absolutely no idea what the few cyclists in this area put up with. There are no cyclists on the city council either. No wonder the only bike lanes that have been put in in the past decade are door-zone bike lanes. I would love to have a cycling mayor; I guess it is time to get to work for the 2012 campaign (if I can find someone to run for such a thankless job).
That's all very surprising to me with Eugene's reputation being what it used to be, anyway.
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Originally Posted by Bekologist
he's thinking of buying a new bike. he liked mine. we discussed bike types, i told him good job.


mayor rides in bad weather at night, chats with constituents. for a large american city, i think that's pretty cool. i doubt people in detroit ever saw kwame kilpatrick riding a bicycle to and from city hall.
Out of all the cities in the world without cycling mayors, why did you pick on Detroit? Don't they have enough problems? BTW, Mayor Bloomberg doesn't ride to work either, but he's probably done as much for cycling as any other mayor in America.
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Originally Posted by fishtoes2000
Nice unnecessary Detroit slam that deserves a big "so what?". McGinn wasn't even the mayor when Kilpatrick was. Current Mayor Dave Bing has been a strong supporter of bicycling in Detroit even before he took office.

Oh and I doubt people in Seattle ever saw Mike McGinn play pro basketball.
Michigan does have a few legislators who cycle. Notably Senator George from Kalamazoo, I rode with him from his district on his way to work in Lansing on Ride to Work day a couple of years ago.
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Originally Posted by Feldman
That's all very surprising to me with Eugene's reputation being what it used to be, anyway.
Well, I may have been a bit overly dark. We do have one state legislator who rides his bike when he is in Salem, but he drives between Eugene and Salem and doesn't seem to cycle in Eugene. He managed to get a safe passing distance bill passed in 2008 that mandates cyclists be given room to fall in the direction of overtaking vehicles on high speed roads (in response to a horrific death). Hopefully he'll find some way to get this law enforced. Also, one of our previous mayors rides a small amount. He is in terrible physical shape and is trying to hold off the grim reaper for a few more years by getting some exercise. Even though he is practically a fascist and I am nearly a socialist, I voted for him because he is supportive of fixing/expanding our bike infrastructure, unlike our current mayor. Amazingly enough, The Nation magazine named my mayor the most valuable local elected official, even though she is extremely anti-bike. And here I thought the environment was an issue progressives prided themselves on. Silly me.
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Originally Posted by irwin7638
Michigan does have a few legislators who cycle. Notably Senator George from Kalamazoo, I rode with him from his district on his way to work in Lansing on Ride to Work day a couple of years ago.
Senator George is a good one. I rode with him and his son in Detroit last year. State Rep's Gabe Leland and Ed Clemente biked a lot as well, but were both term limited in 2010. New State Rep. Harvey Santana is a major cyclist and runner. We worked together to start the first MTB trail in the city of Detroit. It's going to be great having him in Lansing.
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