The wise expenditure of money on roads is an essential function of good government. Better bike lanes and fostering a "bicycle friendly" transportation system benefits everybody, including iron cagers (car drivers). Cyclists in this area are truly leading the way to a healthier future and a better metro area.
I have noticed better and bettter bicycle infrastructure in Clark County, which I believe is very much a side-benefit of Portland raising the standard for bicycle friendly streets and intersections. This morning in the pouring rain I was able to safely attend an early meeting - using bike lane streets and safe bicycle racks, a ten mile round trip that did not take appreciably more time than if I had used my iron cage. I could leave the auto at home, saving whatever cost that represents in carbon and wear and tear on the streets.
Once a person begins to explore using active transportation and the existing public transportation system for travel, the practicality of even our developing metro network becomes apparent. Bicycle transportation makes sense on many levels, from person health to urban live-ability.
That said, there is defintiely a car-bike culture clash, mostly the fault of iron cage drivers who cannot or will not tolerate any sharing of "their" roads. This is comical until it impacts the safety of cyclists. The court system will eventually take care of the bike cyclists' right to safe travel on public roads, if only through the increasingly elightened liability holdings against iron cagers who injure cyclists.
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