Portland Leapfrogs Other US Cities Once Again With New Cycle Track
September 1, 2009 § 8 Comments
Was just forwarded this article from bikeportland noting the brand new Cycle Tracks being installed in their city. This project was championed by the Mayor, and uses parked cars as the buffer which creates a dedicated bike lane. You see these throughout Europe where they have been met with great success. This style of bike lane was also highlighted in the clip we posted from the film “Contested Streets”, where planner Jan Gehl stands in front of a sidewalk and describes the infrastructure, while bicyclists rush past.
Not to be slowed down, Portland is also introducing the Left Turn Bike Box, which are also seen throughout Europe. It’s incredible to see how fast momentum is building in the North West for these projects. If you visited Portland five years ago and went back last month, you’d see a night and day difference. The number of cyclists we noted on the streets was awe-inspiring, and as Roger Geller, city planner, explained to us last year, they merely took the “Build it and they will come” approach to their infrastructure. Obviously, it’s paid off. Accident rates are plummeting, ridership is skyrocketing, and an entire industry has been set in motion with local bike shops on many corners, and businesses on two wheels abounding.
(Portland Ridership Increases noted alongside Accident Rate Decreases)