Hans Riemer, a Democrat running for an at-large seat on the Montgomery County Council

Just one of many issues:

Walkable & Bikable Neighborhoods: What makes for a great place to live? Is it a community engaged in its own decisions? Is it access to restaurants and convenience retail? Is it proximity to transit, and the ease of walking and biking, whether for trips to the store or to the park? Surely it is all of the above and plenty more. I believe we must reform our Department of Transportation's mission to focus more on making great places to live. A simple step is to prioritize walkability and put our resources behind it. A community that is walkable is a community with a high quality of life. The Federal government is moving to treat walking and biking as "equal" to driving in its prioritization. How many people would ride bikes if it were more safe and convenient? We should find out. Not only do we need connected, safe, separated bike lanes and trails county wide, but we should see just what we can accomplish in a city like Rockville, Bethesda or Silver Spring if we made biking a real priority. Let's build a test case for a new vision.


by B' Spokes

Like most people I live a hectic life and who has the time for much exercise? Thanks to xtracycle now I do. By using my bike for daily activities I can get things done and get an hour plus work out in 15 minutes extra of my time, not a bad deal and beats taking the extra time going to the gym. In case you are still having trouble being motivated; the National Center of Disease Control says that inactivity is the #2 killer in the United States just behind smoking. ( http://www.cdc.gov/nccdphp/bb_nutrition/ ) Get out there and start living life! I can carry home a full shopping cart of groceries, car pool two kids or just get lost in the great outdoors camping for a week. Well I got go, another outing this weekend.
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NEWS: Hans earned the Sierra Club endorsement for a strong stance on the environment and sustainability, and particularly his advocacy for Transit Oriented Development. And is the ONLY council challenger to get the endorsement!