Very nice. Certainly one of the most bike-friendly locales in the US, and almost a bona-fide bike-friendly city in its own right (8% is nearly 10%, which is what I use as a threshold for BF). The more they follow the formula, the more the numbers will rise.
JesseDuncan:I just love how "cars will be forced to cross the double yellow lines on dangerous limited visibility roads".
I don't want to have a head on but oh god, I HAVE to fling myself into oncoming traffic to pass, theres no alternative!!!
despite it's reputation as a bikey town, Portland hasn't built any significant new on-street bike infrastructure in many years now, other than beefing up bike parking around town and, according to the local MSM, bicyclists are mostly scofflaws who are at war with both motorists and the police.
not much is needed there are a ton of bike paths on roads and most roads are fine on a bike. I seldom have any problems with cars. well sometimes a driver is too helping and will stop when they have the right away. I don't see a need for more. well more may be good but it is not a big deal.
I seldom see cops going after cyclists. they seem to only do a large stop sign roundup once in awhile.
I spent 6 days in Portland last week. Seemed like there was always somebody on a bicycle within your field of vision, especially in the local business district areas like Hawthorne. At one intersection, there were eight cyclists waiting together to cross the street. It felt unreal to be riding along with so many other commuters.
It didn't feel like their was tension in the air between road users. Bicycles, pedestrians, and motorists seem to coexist fine by all accounts. Even at stop signs, cyclists and motorists were taking their turns or motorists were "too nice" and would motion for cyclists to go through out of turn.
Coming from the Tampa Bay area, I couldn't ask for more than what Portland has as far as modal share and a feeling of belonging on the road. Bicycles are so ubiquitous there. It seems that hatred towards cyclists much be approaching that natural statistical occurrence of hatred that exists for us all, regardless of what we choose to use for transportation at any given time.
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I see a large increase in commuters on bikes. I will see how many when it starts to rain and get cold. that will get rid of the non hard core commuters. but I find commuting here is easy and lots of route to choose from. for the most part I have no need for bike paths.