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    World Carfree Networks's Conference Coming to Portland in 2008!

    This will be the first time the Towards Carfree Cities conference will be held in the U.S. This is exciting news for many of us in Portland. I hope many of you can attend - it would be so much fun to meet up and paint the town with chain grease!

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    I'm there!
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    Nice! This would make a nice destination for a trans-continental ride for me. Hmmm ....

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    Quote Originally Posted by Slow Train
    Nice! This would make a nice destination for a trans-continental ride for me. Hmmm ....
    This is why I posted about it so early - gives folks a chance to think about plans. I would greatly enjoy meeting BF members at something like this.

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    I was lucky enough to go to Bogota last year with Times Up! Anybody going to Turkey this year?

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    This is great! If all goes according to plan, we'll be moving to Portland in May. Bicycles, coffeehouses, and music: Signs of advanced civilization.

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    Oh man, traffic is going to be a b*tch...


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    If only Portland didn't rain so much, I'd move there in a heatbeat.

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    You lucky dogs! ;-)

    I wish they had the conference in New York City.

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    Oh I wish I still lived in Portland as that conference sounds very interesting. If anyone from out of town attends please eat at Kornblatts for me on NW 21st st

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    Quote Originally Posted by Dahon.Steve
    You lucky dogs! ;-)

    I wish they had the conference in New York City.
    I think that the conference tries to hold itself in cities with progressive transportation policies. Don't hold your breath for NYC.

    I'm wondering, if the thing wanted to be in the USA, why not seattle? Isn't the mayor up there doing a really good job with eliminating parking spaces and promoting smart growth? I'm unfamiliar with portland -- anyone want to let me know what good stuff is happening there?

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    I'm unfamiliar with portland -- anyone want to let me know what good stuff is happening there?
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    Quote Originally Posted by genericbikedude
    I think that the conference tries to hold itself in cities with progressive transportation policies. Don't hold your breath for NYC.

    I'm wondering, if the thing wanted to be in the USA, why not seattle? Isn't the mayor up there doing a really good job with eliminating parking spaces and promoting smart growth? I'm unfamiliar with portland -- anyone want to let me know what good stuff is happening there
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    You don't think the New York subways, buses and trains--not to mention high rates of pedestrian/bicycle traffic--qualifies as progressive?


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    Quote Originally Posted by genericbikedude
    I think that the conference tries to hold itself in cities with progressive transportation policies. Don't hold your breath for NYC.

    I'm wondering, if the thing wanted to be in the USA, why not seattle? Isn't the mayor up there doing a really good job with eliminating parking spaces and promoting smart growth? I'm unfamiliar with portland -- anyone want to let me know what good stuff is happening there?
    Start with these sites:

    http://www.portlandonline.com/transp...x.cfm?&c=34772
    http://bikeportland.org/index.php
    http://www.shift2bikes.org/

    Those 3 scratch the surface. For more, check out the links section of the BikePortland web site.

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    2008? cool, i'll have plenty of time to ride up there

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    Anybody attending??
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    What's the date?
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    "Real wars of words are harder to win. They require thought, insight, precision, articulation, knowledge, and experience. They require the humility to admit when you are wrong. They recognize that the dialectic is not about making us look at you, but about us all looking together for the truth."

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    I'm going and well I can't wait. I hope theres a nerdy planner vibe with exceptional, passionate presentations . Tours around the city will be cool as well.
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    Cool. I hope they do some podcasts.

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    damn, i wish this was in seattle, but i guess portland won on account of your light-rail system?

    we're a bit behind w/ most of our rail system... still in the works.

    anyway, this sounds cool - maybe i'll do an unofficial Seattle-to-Portland ride to check it out.

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    Quote Originally Posted by mattm View Post
    damn, i wish this was in seattle, but i guess portland won on account of your light-rail system?

    we're a bit behind w/ most of our rail system... still in the works.

    anyway, this sounds cool - maybe i'll do an unofficial Seattle-to-Portland ride to check it out.
    The light-rail, the Freeway Revolt of the 1970's, the urban growth boundary & reduced sprawl, the bike culture (which is a wee bit more cohesive and far less sports-oriented than Seattle's), etc., etc. I also understand that the World Carfree Network wanted to have the conference in a place where there is more government support for reducing the number of cars on the road. They felt that Portland had a better chance than any other American city of seeing ideas generated at the conference turn into reality.
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