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Portland Cyclists Meet To Increase Bike Commuting

People who bike to their jobs at about 35 Portland companies met Friday to discuss how to encourage more cycling to work. 

Bike summit facilitator Jeff Markle

Bike summit facilitator Jeff Markle

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The U.S. Census Bureau recently found that six percent of Portland employees commute by bike — the biggest share in any large American city.

But bike summit facilitator Jeff Markle says there’s still plenty of room for improvement.

“There’s a real appetite from HR professionals as well as facilities managers, which are some of the keys to building improvements to remove some of those basic barriers for bikers,” said Markle. “Like access to showers, safe bike parking, places to put your clothes and here particularly in Portland particularly, somewhere to let your clothes dry.”

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Some of the workshops at the summit included: How to make the case to your HR department for bike-friendly policies, tips on attire and professionalism for commuters and a list of best practices from local bike-friendly employers.

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