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Earl Blumenauer on Streetfilms: Bloggers and the bike-partisan revolution

Posted by on February 11th, 2009 at 6:02 am

Rep. Blumenauer and Streetsblog’s
Aaron Naparstek.
– Watch video below –

Streetfilms nabbed a few minutes with Congressman Earl Blumenauer during his recent visit to New York City. In the film below, Streetsblog Editor-in-Chief Aaron Naparstek asks Blumenauer how livable streets advocates can most effectively engage their leaders and influence national transportation policy (a very timely topic).

Blumenauer’s advice? Make a difference locally to have a “galvaninzing effect” in illustrating to Congressmen how investments in biking, walking and transit can shape communities for the better. As for the stimulus bill, Blumenauer says it’s been “harder than I would have liked” to get money for transit and bike/ped projects.

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In the nearly 7-minute film, Blumenauer has several important things to share about the stimulus bill, President Obama, and he even speaks about how bloggers can impact politics. You’ll also see plenty of b-roll footage of Portland (and maybe even a few Blumenauer photos that might look familiar).


(Link to Streetsfilm)

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  • Brad February 11, 2009 at 8:33 am

    All he wanted was the pin? Who are these street films people that they want to interview congressmen just for the bike caucus pin. Blumenauer seemed kind of ticked off.

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  • K'Tesh February 11, 2009 at 9:39 am

    Wanna act locally? How about asking for a MUP on Hwy 26? Here’s the info you need for the best time to make a request!

    Hwy 217 Modernization Project Open House

    What: Join project at an open house to learn more about OR 217 Modernization Project and ask questions related to the overall project, schedule, construction and traffic impacts.

    When: Wednesday, February 18, 2009, 5:30 – 7:30 p.m.

    Where: Ridgewood Elementary School Gym, 10100 SW Inglewood St. Portland (Washington County)

    I’ve tried to get the word out for Portland, Portland can you see it in you hearts to get the word out for me?

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  • K'Tesh February 11, 2009 at 10:13 am

    DOH! I ment to say a MUP on Hwy 217, connecting to the Hwy 26 MUP… something like the one on I205

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  • robert February 11, 2009 at 11:52 am

    Earl did a great job there.

    I’m a full-time, car-free bicycle commuter and advocate who typically votes republican.

    Earl is a real benefit to the cause and to the country.

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  • Zaphod February 11, 2009 at 4:32 pm

    Thank you Earl

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