I heard from an insider today that the Humana & Bikes Belong Freewheelin' bike-share program logged over 13,000 miles in Minneapolis and St. Paul during the RNC! Not too shabby considering Gustav stalled the festivities some, and the weather wasn't superb for promoting bicycling to folks who may not typically be interested otherwise.
Weather is no excuse for the native Minnesotans, but we'll let it slide for the many others who aren't acclimated to our weather patterns. Here in Minnesota we're a hearty stock. One of the local bicycle shop owners said it best, "There's no such thing as bad weather, just bad clothing." So true. I can't wait until we have a permanent bike share program up and running!
I also have it on good authority that Denver's mileage blew ours out of the water. But in the end, it's just really exciting that so many people hopped on and took advantage! Well done Denver!
And since I have nothing else nice to say about the RNC, I will say nothing at all. All I ask is that you educate yourself on all sides of the issues, register, and vote. I just began my graduate program at the Humphrey Institute of Public Affairs, and I believe it was Dean J. Brian Atwood who said something to the effect of "Respect the beliefs and opinions of others, you will learn the most from those you don't agree with."
I leave you with this advertisement that was posted over at Copenhagenize.com.