A few weeks ago, I shared with you that it’s important we elect candidates who have a strong vision for bikes.
I’m happy to see since then that Bill DiBlasio now leads in the Mayor’s race. According to a Quinnipac poll released yesterday, Bill DiBlasio, who was behind Quinn and Thompson just weeks ago, is now leading the pack with a 36% share – 15 points ahead of Quinn and 16 ahead of Thompson. This could be good news for bike riders, and the city in general, as DiBlasio is the only candidate with a strong, forward-looking position on the roles bicycle should play in our city, stating his goal for growing bikes to 6% of NYC trips by 2020.
Also on my radar: Gale Brewer, City Council member for the Upper West Side, is running for Manhattan Borough President. Brewer has consistently been one of cycling and pedestrians’ stalwart supporters; I have stopped into her district office (Columbus and 87th) several times in the past few years to comment on her great support for cycling issues. This is an undervalued way to get your beliefs and values into the political dialogue.
I keep hoping the other candidates will step up with a forward-looking plan for bicycles and the role they can play in some of the most significant issues facing our city. Two resources to help you keep up on where candidates stand:
- StreetsPAC researches and interviews all candidates and endorses the candidates whom this insightful organization deems best for bikes and livable streets. > StreetsPAC
- Transportation Alternatives keeps issues around safety and cycling on the minds of our elected officials. They invite you to not only keep informed, but also allow you to write your candidates to let them know transportation and cycling is important to you. > transalt.org/vote
The other issue close to my heart like bike politics is bike theft. I hate seeing people’s bikes tampered with or stolen. Did anyone notice this article in the NY Post the other day? A bike thief was caught on video removing the parking sign and stealing the bike by lifting it over the pole. I found the video – it’s incredulous.
Never a dull day in New York.