Energy Secretary Steven Chu is an avid bicyclist, bike advocate, and long time bike commuter. Unfortunately, his new job in the Obama administration has kept him off of his bike due to security concerns.
According to the Wall Street Journal, Secretary Chu went against the advice of his security detail last week and rode his bike to work on Bike-to-Work Day (on a Colnago C40, no less), stopping along the way to appear as a special guest at a Washington Area Bicyclist Association event.
The secretary rode about 10 miles to Freedom Plaza, a few blocks from the Department of Energy’s national headquarters, to attend as a special guest for the Washington Area Bicyclist Association’s annual Bike to Work Day.
It’s only the second work commute for the secretary since the Secret Service apparently doesn’t like him on the capital’s roads. But last weekend he clocked 47 miles on the Colnago.
You go, Secy. Chu. I’m thrilled to have a serious bicyclist (and Nobel Prize winner in physics) as our Secretary of Energy.