Tuesday, February 16, 2010

Portland Bicycle Master Plan approved

Not only was the new Portland Bicycle Master Plan unanimously approved recently by the City Council, Mayor Sam Adams, a cyclist, has committed $20 million over 10 years to kick start implementation. That money will come from their Green Streets program, used in part for implementing bicycle boulevards.

The plan has been in the works since 2007. Bike Portland has been covering the process since the beginning:
For anyone interested in going back down the road, browse the 66 articles of Bike Plan coverage in my archives dating back to February '07. From the rides Roger Geller led to gather public input, to the policies in the plan, to the infamous funding cut by Mayor Potter and much more.
We'll know on Feb. 26 whether Fairfax County receives funding for their Bicycle Master Plan. That's when the CDC will award funds to successful applications for the Communities Putting Prevention to Work grants.

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Wednesday, December 30, 2009

Portland cyclists ride through the snow

A little snow didn't seem to deter some cyclists in Portland. In fact, according to Bike Portland, cycling was faster than most ways of getting around during what was called the worst commute in 20 years. "But, through it all, people on bikes seemed to be not just moving along just fine, they actually seemed to be enjoying themselves. Imagine that!" Photo © J. Maus, Bike Portland.

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Wednesday, October 7, 2009

Portland police bicycle traffic enforcment video

As reported on Bike Portland, the Portland police have just released a new internal training video to be used to refresh police knowledge of the traffic code and to give them guidance on how to apply the code. The basic message is that officers should apply common sense to enforcement of the code; not necessarily by the letter of the law by whether the offender was acting in a dangerous manner with intent to break the law. A cyclist slowly cruising through a stop sign while looking in all directions should be treated much differently than one dangerously blowing the sign at speed.

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Thursday, April 30, 2009

Bike rush hour in Portland

Streetfilms just posted a new film of cyclists riding during rush hour over the Hawthorne Bridge in Portland. The percentage of people who ride bikes for transportation in Portland is high and growing, leading to more awareness by motorists of cyclists on the road. While the number of cyclists has grown, the crash rate has decreased.

Found on BikePortland.

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