Once again, Majority Leader Eric Cantor, R-VA (7th), is up to his old tricks. As if he didn’t wreak enough havoc on America’s economy by refusing to negotiate with the Administration last week, he’s once again picking on bicycling.
This time, Cantor has bike sharing on his YouCut list.
Considering that the largest university in Virginia, Richmond’s Virginia Commonwealth University, is about to add a bike share program, you would think that a politician in touch with his home base might think twice before doing something like this.
Closer to Cantor’s home in DC, Capital Bikeshare has just announced additional stations and bikes to cope with increasing demand. This bike-sharing network, founded by Arlington County and the District, has grown to include more than 13,000 members who have access to about 1,100 bikes at 110 stations.
From a July 27 Washington Post article:
…membership in the program that offers bikes for trips steadily growing, the city will also increase the size of 18 docking stations and add 265 more bikes.
Does that sound like a failed program?
Right now, final plans are being made for Richmond’s bid to land the 2015 World Cycling Championships — which, if successful, will add an estimated $125M to the local economy. It must really make the organizers feel good when the hometown’s congressman is clearly anti-bike. Thanks Eric!
Furthermore, the City of Richmond — which is in Cantor’s district — has just named a new Bicycling, Pedestrian and Trails Coordinator, and plans to add 80 miles of bike lanes in the next year. This past fall, the Mayor’s Bike Commission also surveyed over 1200 citizens of Central Virginia — squarely in Mr. Cantor’s district. 97.6% said making Richmond a bikeable, walkable city was, “very important” or “important”.
Perhaps if Mr. Cantor would stick his head out of the back window of his chauffeur-driven, government-funded SUV to look around DC, or, heaven forbid, talk with some of his constituents, he wouldn’t be going off on such crazy tangents.
Clearly, Mr. Cantor is too busy playing hardball national politics to even care about the desires of his constituents.
November is rapidly approaching. YouCut might take on a whole new meaning for Eric Cantor if his constituents in Virginia’s 7th Congressional District can let him know — from the voting booth — that we’re tired of his anti-bike, anti-Richmond shenanigans.