This is big and it is sad. We all knew that a shakeup was coming in this election but few in the bike/ped world thought that we would loose the most powerful of our major supporters in Congress. Rep. Earl Blumenauer of Oregon kept his seat but Rep. Jim Oberstar, who was the powerful House Transportation Committee chairman, lost his seat representing Minnesota. This is a major blow to the cause. Not only was Oberstar chairman of the committee that helps set transportation policy and spending but he was one of the founders of the Congressional Bike Caucus.
For more on this, Andy Clark of the League of American Bicyclists sums up the loss of Congressman Oberstar better than anyone in the bike/ped advocacy world can.