Biking to Work with Seattle’s Mayor Mike McGinn

From the Livable Streets front lines, Streetfilms’ Clarence Eckerson goes for a bike ride with the bike-commuting Mayor of Seattle, Mike McGinn.  There’s a lot of different lessons that can be drawn from this Streetfilm, but one of the major ones that local politicians can take to heart is the man power provided by a group of passionate cyclists is worth its weight in gold.  McGinn was outspent four to one, but road to victory on the strength of his loyal, empowered volunteers.  Looks like a little bike-friendliness can go a long way politically.  Paging Eric Garcetti…

As for McGinn’s policies, I’ll leave the summary to Eckerson who at the Streetfilms site, says:

As you’ll see, McGinn has a lot of great things to say. Particularly exciting is a new website called Ideas for Seattle,
which asks residents what they would like to see the mayor focus on.
Take a look: A good dozen of the current Top 20 could be classified as
livable streets issues. (Note: I think other cities should replicate
this.) So we wish Mayor McGinn the best and can’t wait to check back in
a few years to see what kind of changes have taken place.

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