Sunday, December 30, 2007

Congressman Earl Blumenauer sets an example for us all

Congressman Earl Blumenauer rides his bike to work, and to everywhere else for that matter, and has been doing so here in DC for the past 10 years, ever since he was elected to represent the Oregon district that includes the city of Portland. According to a recent article in the Wall Street Journal, For Congressman, Life in the Bike Lane Comes Naturally:
In his more than 10 years in Congress, Mr. Blumenauer says he has saved tens of thousands of dollars by not driving, money that helped pay for the townhouse he bought. And when he cycles across town to an event, he often gets there faster than his friends in Congress do.
The article also mentions his work as a member of the House Ways and Means Committee. Even though the Bicycle Commuter Act that he sponsored was removed from the Energy Bill, there's a good chance another attempt will be made to pass it next year.

Below is a brief video of Congressman Blumenauer riding to work and wheeling his bike into his House office. Thanks to Hunter for pointing out the article.

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