From the Boston Globe, 08.25.07:
Menino puts new spin on getting around the HubI'm among those who think positive change for bicyclists generally comes from the grass roots, not from politicians. However, it's always easier as an advocate if you have a supportive person in a position of power. My former hometown of Boston--Go Sawx!--is a notoriously hostile environment for bicyclists. Let's hope that may change in the near future.
Reveals zeal for bike riding
When Mayor Thomas M. Menino discovered the benefits of speed walking, he exhorted everyone in the city to lace up and join him. When he came down with skin cancer, Menino launched a heartfelt crusade for early screening. When he lost weight by cutting down on pasta and other carbohydrates, the mayor once known as Tank began preaching the benefits of the new Menino diet.
Now, the mayor has discovered bicycling.
Menino purchased a silver Trek road bike three weeks ago and has been riding it regularly through his Hyde Park neighborhood. Each weekday at about 5 a.m., the 64-year-old mayor straps on a black cycling helmet and an arm band with red reflector lights and sets off alone on a leisurely, 45-minute pedal. He acknowledges that another public crusade is brewing.
"We're going to do more in our city with bikes," Menino decreed upon his return home from a ride yesterday.(Read more.)
Image: Boston Globe. Boston Mayor Thomas M. Menino.
Visit: Paul Dorn's Bike Commuting Tips
Tip of the Red Sox cap to Sasquatch Bob for the tip on this story.