Pedalers boost Obama in election cycle


As Greg Cook reports in this week's Phoenix:

There are the usual ways of spelling out your support for a candidate, and then there’s this weekend’s “Bike Write for Obama.”

Sarah Sandman, 28, is organizing a group “typographic bike ride” across Providence on Sunday to signal support Barack Obama for president and to promote alternative forms of transportation.

The idea is that the eight-mile pedal, which begins at 2 pm outside the Providence Center, at Hope and Cypress streets, and ends at Broad and Saratoga streets, will spell out Obama’s slogan “Yes we can” — so you can see it from the air. Expect some doubling back as riders stay within the lines.

“I’m a grad student in graphic design, so I’m constantly trying to find ways to reinvent typography,” Sandman says. “The idea of a group, to not only have a message, but to also be literally writing it, is really powerful, I think.”

The ride will include three stops along the way to hand out pro-Obama fliers. All are welcome to join in the ride. Sandman is asking participants to wear yellow; she’ll be selling $6 event T-shirts. Additional info can be found at the Steel Yard blog (

“I feel like traditional canvassing is so expected,” Sandman says. “When people approach me with a clipboard, it’s like: how many times has this happened? You just turn your attention away.” She hopes Sunday’s ride “shows another level of dedication to the cause.”

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