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Monday, September 20, 2010

Bruce Hyman in the News; Tea Party Reacts By Calling Cyclists "Nazis"

Portland's new bicycle and pedestrian coordinator, a two-year position that's being funded from a federal public health grant, is profiled in today's Portland Press Herald, along with a brief outline of some of the Safe Routes to School projects for which he's been working to find funding.

Bruce Hyman and Sarah Cushman. Photo by John Ewing, Press Herald staff photographer.

There are some precious reader comments at the bottom of the story. There's a lot of whining about Hyman's $46,500 salary, but my favorite is from the wingnut who refers to "bike nazi initiatives".

So take heart, bicycle and pedestrian advocates. Your motorhead political adversaries are too stupid to frame their arguments in reasonable terms. In fact, it's doubtful they even have any arguments. Painting Hitler mustaches on pictures of people with whom they disagree isn't going to do anything to reduce their massive auto maintenance and gasoline bills - but that's their problem, not ours.

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