Traveling to Portland on July 18 through July 23

My favorite photo from my first (and only) trip to Portland, Oregon, in April 2010. 

Things I want to see or do:

  • New Sellwood non-car bridge
  • South Waterfront
  • Bike on a trail outside of town
  • Visit the ocean (this won’t happen as it will take too much of my short time there)
  • Buy a WorkCycles Fr8
  • Any other urban design, urban planning stuff that’s gone in since April 2010
  • Bike in Sunday Parkways
  • Take more photos of curbs

People I want to meet:

  • Jonathan Maus
  • Will Vanlue
  • Travis Wittwer
  • EthanPDX
  • Joel (at Splendid Cycles)
  • Metrofiets people
  • Mia Birk
  • Kelly C. and Jennifer D. at the university
  • Mayor Adams
  • Roger Geller
  • I want to interview some people about Sunday Parkways
  • Toni and Candace from Women and Women First bookstore

What’s doing for bikes in cities around the United States

A Steven can plan reader asked in the open thread for more information about the results of bike-friendly infrastructure changes and treatments happening in Portland, San Francisco, and New York City, among other places. While I work to get that information for this blog, I thought I would point out the Miami Herald’s summary of those bicycle as transportation changes in cities across the United States.

From the EarthTalk column:

In September, central Tennessee (Nashville and environs) adopted an ambitious plan to add upwards of 1,000 miles of bike paths (also 750 miles of sidewalks) across seven counties, a scheme that won the “best project” award from the Institute of Transportation Engineers. Nashville itself will increase alternative transportation spending from 0.5 percent to 15 percent of its transportation budget, and hopes to reduce traffic congestion and obesity – Tennessee has the nation’s second highest rate of obesity – in the process.

A new two-way neighborhood cycle track that allows for two-way bike traffic on a one-way street. I’m not yet sure of how it works but it looks neat. Photo by Jonathan Maus. Read more about this innovative bike boulevard and green street treatment at BikePortland.org.

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