Was Eric Cantor Forced to Ride This Bike?

During a profile of Eric Cantor this week, 60 Minutes showed the House Majority Leader enjoying a bike ride. Source: ##http://www.cyclelicio.us/2012/eric-cantor-bicycle/?utm_source=feedburner&utm_medium=feed&utm_campaign=Feed%3A+Cyclelicious+%28Cyclelicious%29##60 Minutes##

Eric Cantor, I am willing to give you the benefit of the doubt and believe that 60 Minutes forced you to pose for this shot.

Because, Mr. Majority Leader, it seems a little hypocritical that a person who has worked so hard to keep others from biking would enjoy it himself.

To figure out whether you mounted this bike out of your own free will, I tried to Google “Eric Cantor bicycle” but mostly got links to news stories about all your attempts to kill bicycle funding. Like when you blamed bike-share for overruns on the Highway Trust Fund. Or when you slammed the tiny speck of stimulus spending that went toward bike infrastructure (which is proven to be a better job-creator than road-building, by the way). Or when you put Safe Routes to School funding up for a vote on your YouCut website — a pretty cold-hearted move, you must admit, Mr. Majority Leader. Really, you want to take away safety funding for children? That’s going to close the deficit gap?

And then there was the time you pretended to find a “compromise” position on infrastructure funding that consisted of killing the 1.5 percent “set-aside” (though you called it 10 percent, you sly dog you) for bicycle and pedestrian projects (and a whole bunch of other things too). The media, by and large, went right along with your rhetoric about holding out some sort of olive branch to the president. Nice job controlling the message, sir.

Anyway, it’s great to see you out on a lovely Virginia day, enjoying a healthy way to get around and getting your legs pumping. Maybe you’ll come on next year’s Congressional Bike Ride or join the Congressional Bike Caucus?

Hat tip to Murph at the Holier Than Thou Blog and Richard Masoner at Cyclelicious

  • Ubringliten

    If he’s a bike rider, he sure is not a bike commuter.  I think there’s a difference between people who use bicycle as exercise tool and others who use them as their mode of transportation/lifestyle.  I know some mountain bicyclists and road racers who don’t give a darn about bike infrastructure.

  • Tom Bowden

    If we was forced, that’s a good sign, because the issue most people seem to have with Rep. Cantor is that he is inflexible.  Maybe he can be convinced.

  • Anyone expecting truth and honesty from this snake will wind up venomously bitten.  Dangerous entity, to all he encounters.

  • Donnisl

    Well I also know some commuters who only care about their route to work and market, to hell with everyone else. I use a bicycle to commute, another one for road exercise, another one for mountain biking, and yet another one for long tours.my point is we all need to stick together to get anything done.

  • test17

    The Cantor folks have posted a really, really awesome and creepy video of an hour in the life of the majority leader that show him being driven in a big SUV across the street from the House office buildings to the Capitol.  Now, that’s a distance of a couple hundred feet.  And, there’s an underground tunnel.  And the underground tunnel has these cute little rail cars that go for the several hundred feet, for Representatives or staffs with disabilities or too frail to walk.  Nobody drives it.  http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=V5JoUCh73sY&feature=player_embedded

  • Anonymous

    Reminds me of Dennis Hastert and his Hydrogen car-ride from the press conference to his SUV:
    http://www.econbrowser.com/archives/2006/05/energy.jpg

  • That helmet provided by “60 Minutes” had sensitive microphones that recorded Cantor’s thoughts as he rode the bike. Over at Commute by Bike, we have the audio and video:
    http://www.commutebybike.com/?p=16627

  • A bike commuter from Cantor’s district responded to this 60 Minutes clip in a Washington Post op-ed: 
    http://www.washingtonpost.com/opinions/welcome-to-the-bike-path-mr-cantor/2012/01/19/gIQAfJeuEQ_story.html

  • Amazing write-up! This could aid plenty of people find out more about this particular issue. Are you keen to integrate video clips coupled with these? It would absolutely help out. Your conclusion was spot on and thanks to you; I probably won’t have to describe everything to my pals. I can simply direct them here!

  • bike/ped guy

    I wonder if Mr. Cantor actually rides besides for a photo op like this. And I wonder why he is on the sidewalk. Rather ironic that he is riding a bicycle on pedestrian infrastructure. Begs a few questions…

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