portland independent media center  
images audio video
newswire article reporting portland metro

bikes/transportation oregon elections 2004

Bike. Walk. Vote.

Do you care about bicycling and walking?
Bike. Walk. Vote.

Bike/Walk PAC Endorses
Liberty, Adams, Potter, No on 37

The single most important thing you can do to help Portland, and Oregon,
become more biking- and walking-friendly is to support elected officials
who support biking and walking. If we have the right people in office,
it's a lot easier to ensure that the right decisions will be made.

That's why I'm helping out with a new political action committee
focusing on bicyclists and pedestrians, and we hope to tip the November
election in favor of Robert Liberty, Sam Adams, and Tom Potter.

Formed in August 2004, Bike/Walk PAC\x92s mission is to elect local and
statewide candidates who support bicycling and walking in Oregon.

Using an in-depth endorsement questionnaire and research on the
candidates' records, Bike/Walk PAC has endorsed Robert Liberty for Metro
Council, Sam Adams for Portland City Council and Tom Potter for Portland
Mayor. The PAC also opposes Measure 37, which would decrease funding for
trails and other investments in cycling and walking.

At least three, if not all four, of these races are very close -- and if
we can get our message out to a few thousand people, we could be the
difference. We\x92re already seeing candidates talk more about biking
issues than they did before they received our questionnaire.


Give money. Contributions help us reach out to voters and elect
pro-bike, pro-walk candidates. Donations to Bike/Walk PAC are eligible
for Oregon\x92s Political Tax Credit, which allows Oregonians to give
$50 to a PAC and get it all back on their taxes. For $50, we can print
1000 bike hangers. We accept credit cards or checks, visit
www.bikewalkpac.org to give.

Join us for visibility days. We're reaching out to bicyclists and
walkers on Portland bridges on Oct 22nd (4:30 to 6:30 pm) and Oct 29th
(7 to 9 am and 4:30 to 6:30pm).

Help distribute bike hangers. Small flyers attached to bicycles help us
directly reach cyclists about Bike/Walk PAC\x92s endorsements. This is
an ongoing project.

Volunteer for candidates on our candidate days. We're trying to help Tom
Potter on October 15th from 4:30 to 6:30, and Robert Liberty/No on 37 on
October 19th from 6 to 9 pm. If these times don't work for you, we'll
connect you to the campaigns directly.

Forward this e-mail to friends. Word of mouth about these endorsements
is one of our most powerful forces.


For more information about Bike/Walk PAC, to volunteer, or to
contribute, visit www.bikewalkpac.org or e-mail  bikewalkpac@yahoo.com.