Biking to Work with Seattle’s Mayor Mike McGinn

When Seattleites elected a new mayor at the end of 2009, they really went for a breath of fresh air. In the general election, Mayor Mike McGinn,
who rides a bike to work daily, was outspent nearly four to one. The
race was very close, but with an energetic volunteer base — and a
campaign that emphasized many livable streets issues — he pulled out
the victory.

Only a few weeks into the new administration, I got the chance to
commute with Mayor McGinn from his home in Greenwood to City Hall. It
wasn’t hard to convince him, seeing as he’s a longtime Streetfilms fan,
going back to his days as the founder of an organization called Great City.

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.

While San Francisco Mayor Gavin Newsom might not drop the suit to ride to work but once a year, he does a nice job of promoting bicycling and bicycle-friendly businesses in this clip on his Youtube channel.

  • John C.

    Mike McGinn, how’d you like to be mayor of San Francisco? I would vote for you.

  • Great job, Clarence, thanks for bringing this story to San Francisco.

ALSO ON STREETSBLOG

How Mayor Lee Can Make 2012 a Landmark Year for Bicycling in SF

|
With Mayor Ed Lee inaugurated yesterday to his first full term, Streetsblog is asking leading advocates and experts to lay out their ideas for how the mayor can move San Francisco’s transportation policy forward. Leah Shahum, executive director of the San Francisco Bicycle Coalition, kicks things off with today’s installment. Before he took the city’s lead […]

Starting in 2012, Aaron Bialick Will Be Steering Streetsblog SF

|
After receiving applications from many fine journalists, I’m pleased to announce that OpenPlans is hiring a new editor to manage Streetsblog San Francisco. Aaron Bialick will be taking the reins full-time starting on January 3, 2012. Aaron learned the journalism trade at the side of Streetsblog SF founding editor Bryan Goebel. Following Bryan’s departure, Aaron […]

Naparstek Steps Down as Editor-in-Chief of Streetsblog

|
Aaron Naparstek in his Livable Streets Power Broker pose. This will be difficult news for those of you who are already reeling from Oprah’s retirement, Simon Cowell’s abandonment of "American Idol" and Sewell Chan‘s departure from City Room, but here it is: I am leaving my job as editor-in-chief of Streetsblog. For all of the […]