Bike infrastructure is just better than auto infrastructure. It's better because people who come on bikes stay to shop around and spend more dollars in the economy. People who come on bikes are healthier, physically and emotionally. People who come on bikes take a car off the road, reducing traffic congestion and greenhouse gas emissions.
That said, it's great that we have an ambitious bicycle master plan. Unfortunately, since its release I've heard a number of rumblings amongst cycling/bike community friends that ours is milquetoast compared to the truly dynamite bike plans in other cities.
Wasn't the goal to be the best bike city in North America forever? Weren't we shooting for platinum? I understand that our bike-friendly mayor has been politically shortchanged as a result of his missteps, but transportation, jobs and education are the issues that will define his time in office. Bikes benefit all three in numerous ways.
With all of this comes a question: I'd like to hear Jonathan Maus offer up his proposed improvements for the plan. Politics, ideas of what's "realistic" and cost issues to the wind. What would the ideal Portland bike plan look like? What do we, as citizens and cyclists, need to do to push our actual plan closer to that ideal?
Ernest Callenbach once wrote a famous novel touting this part of the country as "Ecotopia," seeing the fervent planning, environmental protection and connection to the natural resources and beauty that can be found here. Let's not forget why we were his starting point.
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