While in Portland for the first time recently, I learned how infused biking is into their culture. It’s a phenomenon that any city would be envious of, especially when combined w/ their public transit system.
For our Portland bicycle education we went with Todd owner of Pedal Bike Tours just northwest of downtown. He offers a range of tours from brewery and coffee cycle tours to old neighborhood and green tours. We opted for the ‘historic hoods’ tour because we were interested in portland’s old neighborhoods. We rode around for 3 hours and Todd explained each neighborhood and pointed out all of the unique bicycle friendly features. Throughout the whole tour i was completely amazed by how friendly, tolerant, whatever you want to call it, that the drivers were.
If you follow biking or bicycle advocacy seriously, none of this is new to you. Portland actually obtained Platinum status last year from the League of American Cyclists last year for being the largest bike friendly metro in the U.S.
Needless to say, they have alot of things going for them here that we can’t pull off in St Louis. Nice weather, hippy culture, better mass transit to tie in w/ biking and nice weather. Even with all of that, there are still things we can do in St Louis it make biking for common. Just need to figure out what that is.
Thanks for the ideas Portland.